So i heard that this species can get lazy, just standing around the nest which is pretty much what mine are doing and this could be down to not hibernating them properly. Last year i kept them warm after reading some information but today i put them in the fridge. They had been cooled down from the end of October and are now at 5.4c which is the highest my fridge will go. So we will see what happens when they wake in March 2019.
Disappointing year for these girls as they have done very little and kept themselves hidden. They have been cooled down and are now at 5.4c in the fridge.
Half of the brood has moved into one of the walnuts from the test tube, they are really starting to multiply now which is a bit of a shame as i am lowering the temps for a winters break. I am only going down to about 16 c for a couple of months and hope not to harm the brood.
On the 15 April 2019 ” Shiela” was posted, a queen Myrmecia fulvipes from antkeepingdepot.com from australia. I forgot that it was the week before easter but ” Shiela” arrived 8 days later on Tuesday 23rd fit and healthy and with all the legit export documents. I had put together a small arena and placed the tube through a hole i cut in the side rather than bury it in the substrate. I had seen some youtube videos recommending this method. I didn’t realise i didnt have enough sand and mixed what i had with some compost. I placed it all in my ex leafcutter incubator and set the temp for 25c. The tube is covered in foam pipe insulation and i provided water and honey.
On the second day i saw Shiela walking about and take a sip of the honey. I had put some small dead cockroaches on the substrate but these were ignored. She went back into her tube so at least she recognizes it has home. Today i put in about 5 live baby cockroaches, i wonder if live will stimulate her to take them. Early days yet and she’s just settling in.
I had put in 3 small house fly sized flies and one has been taken into the test tube. They were slightly injured to make it easier for her to catch. Well that’s a start as she has pretty much ignored everything else that i have tried. There are some fruit flies in the arena but i have not seen her eat one although she has chased them on her short and not very often times i have seen her out.
You can also see that there are two live fruit flies inside the tube which seem to be the reason for the blobs on the test tube. Pooping so probably not a good idea having them in there. Just hope it doesn’t start going mouldy.
She also seems more settled as she doesnt panic when i take a peek. Ive also changed the lid so it’s easier to remove without bangging about.