Explosive growth & Trouble in the Out world!
The Messor Colony, has exploded in numbers, it numbers into the hundreds! In just 4 months from entering their acrylic nest, their out world, has been expanded twice already, the third large out world was given to them, v1 was a half natural set up, they decided to build a satellite nest! This was fine until i saw brood being moved, i knew i had to act.
I created another identical large out world, this time without the ability for them to nest in it,
i got the shock of my life when i was finally ready to make the transfer.
Disconnecting the out world from the nest, and having the new out world ready to accommodate the troop transfer of these ladies.
At my last count the colony had just over 100 workers of varied size, transferring the out worlds i discovered this colony had grown to over 3x that last count! well over 200 workers, carefully transferred using various methods, the cotton ball pick up, the tube placed so they can walk into the new out world but not get out, moving them on the decorations, it was a painstaking process that took in excess of 6 hours to complete!
The transfer complete, the new out world hooked up to their acrylic nest, it wasn't long before i found the colony trying to escape! workers in their droves trying to chew through the pipe connectors! It hit me, they need more space, the satellite nest, the colony was overcrowded.
I had a spare acrylic nest & out world that i could take apart and use sections of it, so they could have a controlled satellite nest, Messor Majors are very destructive, i find its best to keep an eye on them, to ensure the colony is contained!
This will safely give them further housing, they can collect and process seeds in the satellite nest, whilst keeping the Queen, brood & workers vital to nursery duties, can remain within the main acrylic nest.
From such humble beginnings, this colony is truly growing into an impressive empire!
Ants & The Colonialist