England (and other places, I dunno...?) is currently having a VARY mild winter. I believe it is the 3rd warmest on record. It is around 10 degrees. I thought that this may be "effecting" the hibernation period for local ants. Could the warm whether "trick" colonies into thinking its spring? Or will they start foraging again?
I do agree with you there billy, in hibination brood production stops thus preventing the colony from growing. When they come out of hibination again in the spring the colony resumes to grow, if they come out earlier then they get more time to expand and grow! ;D
In my opinion, this is in now way good at all. I don't think winter has hardly started, and we may have temperatures that are low for much longer than normal. I predict that there will be problems with ants starving if kept in hibernation too long.
Post by Internecivus on Jan 12, 2012 10:37:20 GMT 1
I would suggest for captive ants that they should be emerged when you normally would take them out of hibernation. If they are taken out too early, there might be a sudden temperature drop and that could also mess the ants up.
As for wild ants, I think that the ones we have here in the UK are as tough as nails. It will take some seriously weird weather to throw them off the mark.