So the day has finally come and I have my second colony.
This time I went for a colony of Messor Barbarus (red heads). I purchased them from AntsMynala Monday evening just gone and the arrived Wednesday. Really impressed with the shipping and packing. I ordered a queen plus 21-30 and got a queen with 36 + brood.
Thank you Jon for sorting that out.
At the moment they are in a test tube set up with a small pile of seeds. The test tube is still in its original packaging with poly chips. This should be nice and dark and warm. Temp out side the box is 24.9 degrees without a heat source.
I have one of Antkits fantastic size 02 nests and modular areas on order for them. Along with a test tube connector to allow me you use the arena with a test tube to start with.
Messor Barbarus seam to be popular at the moment with several topics on the forum about new colonies. With plenty of info to help me out, but I'm sure I will have questions.
I went for the 21-30 workers for two reasons. One I'm impatient and two to avoid the founding stage which I read is difficult to get right.
So just a few questions to start with.
1. They have seeds now, when do I need to start with protein and how often?
2. I read that they are easy to stress. With a colony of 36 and past the founding stage, Is it safe to check on them once a week. Or is that to often?
3. When does the different classes come along, I.e. medias and majors?
Humidity: unknown yet
If you have read this far thank you, and I welcome any advice.
Messor Barbarus (Redhead)