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Re: Moving a queen.

 by scarletAsh ¦  Mon Apr 16, 2018 11:39 pm ¦  Forum: Guides ¦  Topic: Moving a queen. ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 625

Trivial information I found about Solenopsis invicta which may be of interest to you without me just dumping tonnes of info, only used 3 sources and (Most relevant = The new queen lays 10 to 15 eggs that hatch in 7 to 10 days. - I'm assuming become larvae. For full development "Eggs take around...

Re: Moving a queen.

 by scarletAsh ¦  Mon Apr 16, 2018 10:15 pm ¦  Forum: Guides ¦  Topic: Moving a queen. ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 625

I can't say for certain as I have never kept them, only know of their reputation but that being said queens can be iffy regardless of species, Solenopsis invicta probably will be the same as most species in that respect I image and take a little while. First will come nantics, nantics are smaller an...

Re: Moving a queen.

 by scarletAsh ¦  Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:30 pm ¦  Forum: Guides ¦  Topic: Moving a queen. ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 625

Wait for workers, quite a lot to be honest, with S. Invicta I would personally wait till about 50 workers as they're quite small. Solenopsis invicta shouldn't take too long to pump out what you'll want. Keep them in the dark by wrapping tinfoil around the test tube and keep them at the appropriate t...

Re: Myrmica rubra question

 by scarletAsh ¦  Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:30 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Myrmica rubra question ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 892

From my experience with Myrmica rubra they typically have quite low activity within the nest and only a small amount venture out of the nest. As the colony matures to several hundred then I'd expect them to show more activity. They're just not afraid to conserve energy

Re: Scarlet Ash - Camponotus habereri

 by scarletAsh ¦  Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:26 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Scarlet Ash - Camponotus habereri ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 3506

Will shortly do an update on this colony soon (Probably Friday evening if work allows. The weekend at the latest). In short this colony is doing incredible... I wouldn't even know where to guess their population and until I sort out better accommodation, have become quite difficult to manage. They a...

Re: Scarlet Ash - Pogonomyrmex rugosus

 by scarletAsh ¦  Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:14 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Scarlet Ash - Pogonomyrmex rugosus ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 2386

Unfortunately, this colony is deceased, was a fun and slightly stressful attempt at this species. Ultimately I found them very difficult but that's due to my failures in providing optimum conditions for them. If (And I would love to) I were to redo this species I would definitely drastically change ...

Re: Serafine's Camponotus barbaricus - Welcome to Lazy Tube

 by scarletAsh ¦  Wed Jul 19, 2017 5:07 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Serafine's Camponotus barbaricus - Welcome to Lazy Tube ¦  Replies: 115 ¦  Views: 32646

great pictures as always Serafine. Really enjoying this journal. You make it very tempted to get Camponotus barbaricus for myself.

Re: What do you feed to your formica colonies?

 by scarletAsh ¦  Tue Jul 18, 2017 9:06 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: What do you feed to your formica colonies? ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 2232

Rule of thumb is typically freeze for 4 days minimum to effectively kill potential undesirable hitch hikers whatever form they may come in. To defrost an hour to two would probably be sufficient but you'll know when it's good to go. Personally on a side note, though not what was asked I would dip th...

Re: How long can antkit protein jelly last unopened?

 by scarletAsh ¦  Tue Jul 18, 2017 7:28 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: How long can antkit protein jelly last unopened? ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 1351

Refrigerated in a sealed contained 6 months+. Frozen... You can typically see quite easily when protein jelly is off. I wouldn't focus much on an undetermined expiration date but more just use your own judgment. If you cannot find a use for it and think it's close to expiring I would feed it to some...

Re: Nuptial flights 2017

 by scarletAsh ¦  Sun Jul 16, 2017 6:50 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Nuptial flights 2017 ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 4873

Just had some light rain about an hour ago here in Ipswich. Predominantly Lasius flavus having nuptial flights this evening here, some Lasius niger here as well but in much fewer numbers.

Re: Scarlet Ash - Camponotus habereri

 by scarletAsh ¦  Sun Jul 16, 2017 2:48 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Scarlet Ash - Camponotus habereri ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 3506

16/07/2017 General Note It has been close to 4 months since I last updated. I have been very busy with both Uni and sorting out living elsewhere. Sadly my landlord isn't too favourable with ants and I will have a lot less space so I'm having to cut down my species greatly in terms of what's around ...

Re: Help Me Identify My New Queen!

 by scarletAsh ¦  Sun Jul 16, 2017 1:28 am ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: Help Me Identify My New Queen! ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 2705

Hi mika, need better pictures closer up and from multiple angles

Re: Milant's Solenopsis geminata

 by scarletAsh ¦  Tue Jun 06, 2017 2:14 pm ¦  Forum: Milant's Journals ¦  Topic: Milant's Solenopsis geminata ¦  Replies: 29 ¦  Views: 9993

Well. What can I say. Disaster struck with this colony. They managed to cross my escape prevention so now they're stuck in the outworld with the lid on but now the outworld is getting super dirty and anaerobic bacteria has truly set in. Does anyone have any tips on how to get them out the outworld ...

Re: JOINING COLONIES

 by scarletAsh ¦  Thu Mar 30, 2017 5:23 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: JOINING COLONIES ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 2031

I will outright say no . From what I have previously read in the wild Myrmica rubra may "Team up" with other colonies of Myrmica rubra but it appears more to be a relationship based on a tolerance for no aggression as it is mutually beneficial for the colonies to not annihilate one another...

Re: Imma Scared, Pls halp

 by scarletAsh ¦  Thu Mar 30, 2017 3:23 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Imma Scared, Pls halp ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 2089

They may be abandoning the insect. I don't believe this is uncommon in eusocial insects and is extremely prevalent in bumblebees but should a larvae show a fault the workers will just abandon it and leave it to die. Eusocial societies being like a single organism within itself treats the each member...

Re: Choosing a species

 by scarletAsh ¦  Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:11 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Choosing a species ¦  Replies: 70 ¦  Views: 15721

Okay, i've also read that there are mites that can do clean up, mixed with predatory mites to keep the population balanced ------->>> Mites are an absolute no go for me. They can turn phoretic (hijack your ants) and whilst this won't kill them it sure as hell does make them look ugly Springtails ar...

Re: Scarlet Ash - Camponotus habereri

 by scarletAsh ¦  Wed Mar 29, 2017 8:10 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Scarlet Ash - Camponotus habereri ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 3506

29 / 03 / 17 - Update So good fun over the past month. The colony has really come back to live and charging on through. 2 deaths since the last with both doing the waddle of death in the out world for a couple of hours before tipping over. So once again quick overview. Quick Overview: > 27°C - 31°C...

Re: Queen died??!!

 by scarletAsh ¦  Tue Mar 28, 2017 3:40 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Queen died??!! ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 2395

Probably just a dud queen. Could be a fungal infection or disease of some form. Sadly there is not really anyway to know for certain. if you have another Lasius niger colony I would put the eggs and brood with them, wait a couple of days though just to see if the rest of the colony is wiped out in c...

Re: Where should I look for Queen ants? Best place to find alates?

 by scarletAsh ¦  Mon Mar 27, 2017 9:40 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Where should I look for Queen ants? Best place to find alates? ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1689

Concrete, pavements etc... They stand out much better than in grass etc... and also they can't escape as easy. When the nuptial flight they'll be absolutely everywhere. Depending on the species be close to the habitat that they'd be found.

Re: Ptfe, where to buy?

 by scarletAsh ¦  Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:59 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Ptfe, where to buy? ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 2861

If you can't find ptfe you could always do the baby powder & alcohol defense. Takes a little more maintenance but is tried and tested ^_^

Re: Can anyone help fund my ant keeping hobby?

 by scarletAsh ¦  Mon Mar 27, 2017 4:11 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Can anyone help fund my ant keeping hobby? ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 2981

Hey mate sorry can't help financially as been hard up / broke the last few months myself but say what areas you are struggling in and can definitely help you with the cheapest methods to get by.

Re: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects

 by scarletAsh ¦  Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:51 pm ¦  Forum: Guides ¦  Topic: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 4893

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It has become apparent I am going to need one of these as well. Sorry for the bumping of a far from complete thread.

Re: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects

 by scarletAsh ¦  Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:43 pm ¦  Forum: Guides ¦  Topic: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 4893

Post 10: Anticipating needing. Facing problems at the moment with too much text to submit I believe + may make custodians into its own subject + formicariums & Outworlds as well. Problem I'm kind of having is information is just leading onto almost feeling like I have to explain the next thing :...

Re: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects

 by scarletAsh ¦  Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:41 pm ¦  Forum: Guides ¦  Topic: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 4893

Post 9: Will be needing.

Re: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects

 by scarletAsh ¦  Sat Mar 11, 2017 3:40 pm ¦  Forum: Guides ¦  Topic: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 4893

Post 8: Will be needing.

Re: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects

 by scarletAsh ¦  Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:33 pm ¦  Forum: Guides ¦  Topic: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 4893

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Re: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects

 by scarletAsh ¦  Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:32 pm ¦  Forum: Guides ¦  Topic: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 4893

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Re: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects

 by scarletAsh ¦  Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:32 pm ¦  Forum: Guides ¦  Topic: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 4893

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Re: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects

 by scarletAsh ¦  Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:32 pm ¦  Forum: Guides ¦  Topic: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 4893

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Re: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects

 by scarletAsh ¦  Fri Mar 10, 2017 7:31 pm ¦  Forum: Guides ¦  Topic: Down To The Basics - A Guide Of Several Subjects ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 4893

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