Feeding time at Camponotus fulvopilosus manor.
I ordered 100 dubia cockroaches but there's definitely not 100
Anyway they arrived today so a quick feed of the colony was filmed. This species currently does not accept crickets, although the ones I gave were micro crickets so maybe they didn't have enough bulk to them for the ants to recognise them as food
I have heat on and off during the day until I can get myself a Habistat Pulse thermostat to control the temperature. The temperature has been up to 40 degrees in the basin and the ants don't seem to mind too much. Their reaction being a lot faster due to the heat and moving very very fast. Question for @Jonthefish here: do you heat your Camponotus fulvopilosus setup at all and if not, what's the average temperature?
The yellow hairs really stand out on their gasters due to the black/red bodies. Very pleased with the progress of this colony as there are piles of cocooned pupae and larvae but I suspect the colony is entering diapause because of the lack of eggs. I may just not have spotted the eggs but for this African species, between June and September, they enter a dormant stage where egg production ceases temporarily. This is known as diapause.
Couple of videos showing the ants' initial reactions to the dubia cockroach nymphs and some photos: