Hey guys , The colony was doing well , queen had produced loads of eggs and its off to a great start , a fresh load of workers were added and it couldent be better , but once again i am upset , and frustrated , the colony slowly moved lower down to the bottom plaster nests and vacated the others and here they stayed , Now they havent foraged much but the soldiers gasters are still extended with food and most the brood left is now pupae. I have noticed thou that they had covered the glass with bits of plaster , annoying but harmless enougth, This was hiding somthing very bad thou.
The colonys population of minor workers has been dropping very quick and yet i couldent see any bodys in the trash pile , i have made a shocking discovery , it was only while watering the nest last night i noticed a major soldier walking around in the bookcase , on closer inspection there was anouther dead between the heating cables, when i looked behind the nests i am shocked to find masses of dead workers and a hole in the back of the nest. they had chewed throu several inches of plaster. the workers that came out have died due to getting into contact with the heating cables , or maybe the lack of moisture outside the nest was the cause , i am really frustrated and upset with this ,
, i think maybe no success can be made with thses ants unless you just put them in a tank full of soil and let them get on with it.
The queen is fine and there are still workers , lots of major minor soldiers so i hope all will be well. I have had to move them out and into a temporary container with test tubes in and moist sand , they have moved into the test tubes and have started blocking the test tube fronts up. They shall remain here untill i can get a ytong nest assembled. I reaken this they wont chew out of.
I will also build a perspex case around it to confine them should they do so.
Sorry its not a more uplifting update.I am very angry at moment , i really set my heart on keeping this species but its proving far more difficult then i had ever imagined , i leave them alone other then to water and watch them , they have 70 -80 % humidity in the nests and 26 -28 c temperatures. I dont understand it. I certainly wont be getting anymore !! should these fail , its turning out to be very off putting.
The colony have destressed and settled in again. I linked up two containers with a inche of plaster in the bottom to there temperory container , on waking this morning i am surprised to find they have moved from the test tubes and spread out in these. The queen is there and being fed and groomed aswell. There are only a few minor workers thou , i counted 3 looking in
I will now leave them here , the colony consist of media , major workers and minor , media , major and mega major soldiers. Most have greatly extended gasters , but i will put in a few fruit flys tonight.
I am just curious and wonder if there may be somthing wrong with my queen , she lays eggs fine but after nearly two weeks they dont seem to hatch , they usally disapear then,, also its interesting to note that the queen that died shortly after arriving with me was alot more stockyier then this queen who was smaller, now the brood that arrived with my rescue attempt workers have turned to pupae and the pupae that had arrived eclosed fine. I did lose alot of it during the few days after transport and alot ended up being dumped in the trash pile the ants had made looking a greyey browny colour.Im assuming the temperture changes during transport was the cause and being neglected while the colony settled in
Anyway thats the latest so far , i want to succedd with these ants soo bad and after thinking about it i think the set backs just make me more determined to succedd