Recently the Lasius Niger ants had their nuptial flights in my area. I had until then stopped my ant rearing due to not being at home for a long, long time for medical reasons. However I couldn't let a chance slip and caught one healthy queen. Unfortunately I had no test tubes available, so decided to try my luck with the CD case set up.
As you hopefully can see, I have my queen surrounded by cotton wool, which is kept moist. She has a large pile of eggs, its hard to tell how many, I think it is around 20. I have fed her one fresh spider a few days ago, which she spent a whole day eating before scattering his legs and left over parts safely out the the way. She seems alert and moves around a lot.
The red circle show the egg pile, the purple shows my queen and the green shows left over spider parts. Sorry for bad image.
I have a few questions I hoped you guys would help me with.
1) When the workers start to appear, how should I go about feeding them? It was hard enough opening the CD up with just a queen, I should imagine its near impossible when workers start to arrive, I was thinking maybe putting them in the fridge for an hour or 2 before I put food in? What do you guys think.
2) When the time comes, how should I go about moving them? I'm guessing I should make an Out world big enough to put the CD Case in, and open it up?
3) I was also wondering, do you think I should rest a heat mat near my queen or just leave her? I was thinking this as I keep a fan on in my room a lot and it might slow the progress of the eggs.
That is all, thanks.
[added a note about the big image --antdude]