Back in june of this year, i ordered my first queen ant ! A lasius niger queen, native to my country, england. Ever since she arrived i have had her in a test tube inside of a box with a thin amount of boiled dirt substrate and another test tube that i fill with water. Vaseline on the sides of the box of course to prevent escapes. Since i got her i have probably gained around 30 ish workers. I feed them all Jelly protein and honey. Sometimes i throw in the occasional bug i find too and a tiny amount of various fruits.
I have a small acrylic nest, but have not moved them into it yet.
1: When shall i move them into the nest and how?
2: How fast can i expect the colony to grow? so far it doesn't seem very fast, and with winter dawning the colony will be hibernating. Is this a normal growth rate or am i doing something wrong here?
Thanks in advance!