I have been wondering if Oecophylla smaragdina/longinoda can be successfully housed on an artificial tree such as a fake ficus. Could a colony nest If the temperature was correct and the humidity was within the correct range with additional daily misting?
I know that test-tubes can work when the colony is still small but I was thinking more long term. Real trees are great but I dislike the idea that the leaves will eventually die and then the tree will need to be replaced.
The tree would be surrounded by a water moat with an air humidifier present.
Any thoughts are appreciated.