I am by no means biologist (I'm a programmer), but I want to make an experiment that involve the participation of ants. So please excuse my ignorance on the subject and my potentially uninformed questions.
I need to find some ants, but it's fall/winter here in Eastern Europe, so it seems that I won't be able to find in the wild. So my questions are:
If I find a species that is local (meaning that it's used to live through winter - maybe entering some kind of lethargy?) is it just putting them in high temperature enough to get them out of this mode?
Probably depends on the species, but if I take just few individual workers without a queen, and provide them with food, is it possible for them to live without a queen? Clearly they won't reproduce so their "colony" will disappear, but are the individuals able to live for a while without a queen?