Thanks Miszt, I definatly feel relieved now that they seem stable:)
@ JimmyVe I have 2 colonies now. My first one perished, second is doing well and third I have only just recieved, this is the one with the big major. She was already there when the colony arrived so could have been adopted maybe. I`m not sure but she does seem too big for such a young colony.
The workers of the new colony seem noticably smaller and more delicate than the workers of the older colony so i don`t think the queen has been taken from an existing nest...
@ kashmir I`m glad you like the pics man;)
Heya Purifier, Ant Dude I think the colony must have 120-150 workers now. there are more than 10 soldiers and you can often see around 30 workers in the foraging area with 1 or 2 soldiers.
one thing I haven`t enjoyed is watching the revenge of the crickets, I used to put them in live until I witnessed one of them biting off 5 of one of the soldier ants legs. The cricket was large so I thought this was maybe a one off and I had met Hercules of the cricket world but then I witnessed more insect violance... another cricket, this time it was biting the gasters off of several workers. I wasn`t impressed and will seek some less aggresive ant food when i`m next at the reptile shop...Until then I will have to struggle with my concience as I must continue to "incapacitate" the crickets myself
another thing i`ve noticed is that the ants find it harder to manuver dead insects through the tunnel into the nest. seems the movement of the struggling, live crickets prevented them from getting stuck in the tube...