I received a colony of Pheidole Noda from AntsRus.
Sadly my last 6+ Queen colony from Ants HQ crashed shortly after I moved them into a nest, I tried to save them by adding a dirt pod and other options for them to nest in, I haven't seen much activity from them since going into the dirt pod, I don't know if any Queens survived the crash, perhaps it was too much stress, shortly after arriving, they packed out their tube so full, I felt a nest would be perfect for them, I didn't have a way to hook up the tube, so I had to tilt the tube into the outworld, barrier a rim around it and let the colony move out of the tube and into the nest.
Its unfortunate but it happens, I don't know if it was a mistake I made, an issue with the nest I put them into, too much stress at once, a multitude of possibilities.
Pheidole have been my achilleas heal of ant keeping, its awesome to have another chance at raising a colony, if my other colony is alive and they do eventually emerge from the dirt nest then double the fun, I will have two colonies! I live in hope, but I feel its optimistic thinking at this point!
I am trying a new nest the Wakooshi MS series, lets hope that the stars align and the ant gods love me this time!
I've seen footage of colonies booming in these nests, I've also been looking into the properties of gypsum which is the material used within the hybrid Wakooshi nests, its just perfect for Pheidole, on paper its also perfect for Carebara, both will be trying out these nests out!
Some exciting content ahead, I will certainly be adding the lessons I have painfully learnt keeping this species, documenting the colony, into a future care guide!
Ants & The Colonialist