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Re: MoonAnts' Lasius niger

 by MoonAnts ¦  Fri Sep 08, 2017 3:39 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: MoonAnts' Lasius niger ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 1327

~ Long time no see! ~ I don't have my Lasius niger queen anymore because I gave her to a friend. I heard she's doing good. My Lasius flavus colony had a turbulent year. She made it to 23 workers but lost 19 in an accident. So far she has worked her way up to 11 workers (again). The colony lives in a...

Re: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony

 by MoonAnts ¦  Tue Nov 08, 2016 1:31 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony ¦  Replies: 47 ¦  Views: 4691

Normally, Lasius Niger hibernate every year. Even when it's just the queen and brood. However, there is a journal somewhere of a Lasius Niger colony that never hibernated. I would recommend hibernating them because I don't know how much damage it does if you don't do it. My Lasius Niger and Flavus a...

Re: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony

 by MoonAnts ¦  Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:46 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony ¦  Replies: 47 ¦  Views: 4691

Very nice journal. :-)
Are you planning to hibernate them soon?

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by MoonAnts ¦  Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:57 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26312

Thanks @Serafine You're really helping me out here! :-) 1. The Messor Barbarus colony is 20+ workers and the Camponotus Barbaricus 5 workers strong. 2. I'm located near Kiel. 3. Not sure yet. I have to see how much they normally cost and how much the delivery would be. I don't wanna overprice them. ...

Oh and what I forgot is that you need to hibernate Lasius Niger from October to March. It is possible to not hibernate them but it's not recommended. RobJ has a caresheet on his website if you want to check it out. He also has a YouTube Channel where you can find information on basically everything....

You can basically try everything from the list. Personally, I feed my Lasius Niger and Flavus with crickets, mealworms, protein jelly (strawberry is their favourite), flies, mosquitos, honey water and sugar water. I always have two test tubes. One for water and one for sugar water. Yes, you can put ...

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by MoonAnts ¦  Tue Nov 01, 2016 4:03 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26312

Hi, it's me again with another "Problem". :oops: I recently ordered one colony of Camponotus Barbaricus. Well, I got two colonies in the mail (which happened to me before with Messor Barbarus). The result is that I have two colonies (Messor Barbarus & Camponotus Barbaricus) I'd like to...

Re: MoonAnts' Lasius niger

 by MoonAnts ¦  Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:37 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: MoonAnts' Lasius niger ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 1327

~ Short Update ~
Both of my colonies are hibernating now.
My last Incubator was broken so I got a new one. It works perfectly fine and the ants are doing good! :)

Re: RobJs Lasius Niger

 by MoonAnts ¦  Thu Oct 27, 2016 5:59 pm ¦  Forum: RobJ's Journals ¦  Topic: RobJs Lasius Niger ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 2268

My Lasius Niger are already cooling down too. I wouldn't worry too much. I noticed them being slower and less active (it's currently around 2°C to 15°C outside), same goes for my Flavus.
Hope everything goes well! :)

Re: MoonAnts' Lasius niger

 by MoonAnts ¦  Wed Oct 19, 2016 2:36 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: MoonAnts' Lasius niger ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 1327

Lasius Flavus (?) I hadn't had checked on my queen for a week and decided to take a look today. ~ I'm currently in the state of preparing for hibernation and checking if my Incubator is working right. ~ Well, when I checked I saw... 20161019_152235-1.jpg ... the first nantics eclosed! :-D ... I'm r...

Re: Bitter lime's Formicarium build

 by MoonAnts ¦  Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:15 am ¦  Forum: Formicaria Building Projects ¦  Topic: Bitter lime's Formicarium build ¦  Replies: 15 ¦  Views: 571

A or D
10-20
£40-£50
Male

Re: Cupit's Lasius niger

 by MoonAnts ¦  Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:51 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cupit's Lasius niger ¦  Replies: 44 ¦  Views: 3810

It could be. Happened to me before too. The nest should grow with your colony instead of letting the colony grow into a nest. I'm not an expert but what I did was moving them back into the test tube and just leaving it in a small outworld to feed them. After reaching around 30 workers I put them bac...

Re: MoonAnts' Lasius niger

 by MoonAnts ¦  Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:35 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: MoonAnts' Lasius niger ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 1327

Lasius Niger Not much going on here. She'll probably hibernate without any nantics but that's fine. 20160920_182008-1.jpg ___________________________ Lasius Flavus (?) Last time I checked (2 days ago) she only had larvae and eggs but now... 20160920_181650-1.jpg 20160920_181902-1.jpg ... Pupae! I d...

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by MoonAnts ¦  Sat Sep 10, 2016 8:31 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26312

Well, my Messor Barbarus queen is weird. She actually helped ripping apart the worm. She just wanders out of her nest occasionally, takes a sip of water and snacks on the insects. Is this normal? She doesn't look sick or something and the brood is doing good.

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Re: Lasius niger or Lasius flavus?

 by MoonAnts ¦  Fri Sep 09, 2016 8:03 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Lasius niger or Lasius flavus? ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 529

It's up to you. Flavus are aesthetically pleasing but less active and less aggressiv than Niger in my opinion. But they're both very good species as they're easy to keep.
If I had to choose I would go with flavus.

Re: I thought people might be interested in this

 by MoonAnts ¦  Thu Sep 08, 2016 9:22 pm ¦  Forum: Experiments and Ants in the News ¦  Topic: I thought people might be interested in this ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 1065

I will watch it later. The title itself sounds very interesting tho!

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by MoonAnts ¦  Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:50 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26312

It's a Messor Barbarus queen @Leafcutter

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by MoonAnts ¦  Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:02 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26312

Why is the queen acting like this? I've had her for 3 days now and could see her leaving the nest 2 times. She's laying eggs etc. and everything seems normal. She has around 25 workers.

She did that first:

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Test Tube with water


And this after drinking:
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Fresh cricket

Re: MoonAnts' Lasius niger

 by MoonAnts ¦  Sat Sep 03, 2016 11:49 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: MoonAnts' Lasius niger ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 1327

Lasius Niger So, two days ago I decided to put a piece of cotton wool soaked in sugar water into the test tube. I know my queen is claustral but I still wanted to try. I removed the food after 24 hours (yesterday) and took pictures today. I noticed that the abdomen of my queens looks swollen compar...

Re: MoonAnts' Lasius niger

 by MoonAnts ¦  Fri Aug 26, 2016 2:05 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: MoonAnts' Lasius niger ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 1327

Well, after a bit of time of not being online I finally managed to take Pictures and get a free minute to post them. :) 20160826_145450-1.jpg 20160826_145444.jpg (Question: I think I caught a Lasius flavus last week {not entirely sure as I'm waiting for the first worker}, should I make a new journal...

Re: RobJs Rescued Myrmica rubra

 by MoonAnts ¦  Sat Aug 06, 2016 8:45 pm ¦  Forum: RobJ's Journals ¦  Topic: RobJs Rescued Myrmica rubra ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 1533

This colony looks awesome, glad you could save them :) Hope it goes well in the future!

Greetings
Jay

MoonAnts' Lasius niger

 by MoonAnts ¦  Mon Aug 01, 2016 7:43 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: MoonAnts' Lasius niger ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 1327

Welcome to the Journal for my Lasius niger. The queen was caught on July 19, 2016 at 3:30pm She started laying eggs the day after I caught her Royalty herself 20160801_202025-1.jpg Her brood 20160801_202038-1.jpg She is very gentle with her brood and keeps it safe under her body 20160801_201815-1.jp...

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by MoonAnts ¦  Fri Jul 22, 2016 12:25 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 322 ¦  Views: 26312

I bought Crickets today and I wonder how I could store them. Someone told me I could cook them for a minute and freeze them after that to kill possible mites. I could do the same with mealworms. Is that true? How do you guys store insects? My colony isn't very big yet so I have to store them for a l...

Hello, Would like to know more about your set-up. […]

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