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It may seem way too early yet to consider the pastime of Ant Hunting, but let me tell you that the time will be upon us once more before you know it
Now is a good time to get all your collecting jars and general anting equipment ready for the new anting season, as at the end of February many ants will be laying early eggs deep within their nests; most of which will be the new sexual alates for the coming summers flights
So, even though you may think it far too cold at the moment (which indeed it is now), the ant hunting time is coming again, so be of good cheer all you ant lovers!
3 days was a bit fast for them to die off. Did you keep them in the light all the time, as strong light or sunlight isn't natural as it is dark in an underground nest. Ants only come out into the light for reasons such as foraging, mating, going to war or moving to a new nest site.
I have seen wild nests of Myrmica rubra where both workers and queens came out on the surface during hot sunny days, but the queens never stay up long and quickly dash back under a stone if threatened. It is more natural to keep ants in deep shade or total darkness and only bring them into strong light for a few minutes at a time, as too long will stress them out a lot which could lead to them dying
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