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Re: Lasius Niger will not move

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Oct 03, 2016 1:56 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Lasius Niger will not move ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 3021

Hi there,

It will most probably take longer than a week for them to move. Some ant species take many weeks to move in my experience.

Re: ID my queen

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Oct 01, 2016 8:40 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: ID my queen ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 2566

luke.stewart wrote:Do you think it's camponotus nigriceps?

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Looks very much like Camponotus nigriceps to me too :).

Re: Ants becoming fertile?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:59 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Ants becoming fertile? ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1962

What you described is similar to the behaviour of some special ants such as Diacamma spp. or Myrmecia spp. When a Queen dies in the colony a worker may 'take over' acting as a functioning Queen but is called a gamergate. The Lasius niger do not show this behaviour.

Re: foraging ant with no gaster

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Sep 24, 2016 6:09 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: foraging ant with no gaster ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 2183

Ants can live for a considerable amount of time without their gasters.

Veektooru's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:04 pm ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 65362

Very interestingly, the ants have decided a second satellite nest is required so have constructed a slim one :).

Re: Oecophylla smaragdina build.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Sep 23, 2016 9:03 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria Building Projects ¦  Topic: Oecophylla smaragdina build. ¦  Replies: 50 ¦  Views: 12105

Benjiwuf wrote:Oecophylla smaragdina, or the Asian weaver ant. beautiful nests and ants, a little too much work for my tastes. Cheers on the nice looking setup, and here's to your luck with this species!


Not the Asian Weaver ant in this case ;). Veektooru is taking on my Australian Oecophylla smaragdina colony.

Re: Need general help

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Sep 23, 2016 5:44 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Need general help ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 3338

Cotton wool will be fine to block the extra port :).

Re: Oecophylla smaragdina build.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Sep 21, 2016 7:25 am ¦  Forum: Formicaria Building Projects ¦  Topic: Oecophylla smaragdina build. ¦  Replies: 50 ¦  Views: 12105

Looking really good :).

Re: Cupit's (assumed) Lasius niger 2

 by Leafcutter ¦  Tue Sep 20, 2016 5:29 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cupit's Lasius flavus ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 2103

I'd say they are both Lasius flavus Queens due to the yellow tinge on the underside of the gaster.

Re: Homemade acyrlic nest

 by Leafcutter ¦  Tue Sep 20, 2016 1:00 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Homemade acyrlic nest ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 4680

I tried this before and it worked quite well. The only thing I'd say is to do practice on scrap acrylic first.

Re: Oecophylla smaragdina build.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Sep 19, 2016 9:20 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria Building Projects ¦  Topic: Oecophylla smaragdina build. ¦  Replies: 50 ¦  Views: 12105

My tubing always arrived next day by courier.

Re: Oecophylla smaragdina build.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:34 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria Building Projects ¦  Topic: Oecophylla smaragdina build. ¦  Replies: 50 ¦  Views: 12105

veektooru wrote:The acrylic that I ordered on the 5th still hasn't turned up.

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Give them a call, hopefully they'll be able to reslove the issue. Has the Pachira tree arrived?

Re: Pimp my outworld.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:56 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Pimp my outworld. ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 2078

I have found with the largest arena, to use the lid flipped over. It causes less disturbance as it just lifts gently with little suction.

Re: Space and expansion

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:54 am ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Space and expansion ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 1770

Messor structor can have multiple Queens which is what I like about them. AntKit also sell acrylic nests which are cheaper than Antstore if you want to take a look.

Re: Looking for ant species in my area

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:07 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Looking for ant species in my area ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1408

Alex white wrote:I have heard that Dinomyrmex gigas is pretty easy :-)


That better be a joke lol!

Re: Oecophylla smaragdina build.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:18 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria Building Projects ¦  Topic: Oecophylla smaragdina build. ¦  Replies: 50 ¦  Views: 12105

Top class! I am very pleased the ants will be going to a serious and dedicated ant keeper. Keep us posted on the build :).

Re: Pleometrosis/Polygyny in the ant Tetramorium caespitum?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:28 pm ¦  Forum: Experiments and Ants in the News ¦  Topic: Pleometrosis/Polygyny in the ant Tetramorium caespitum? ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 4413

Very interesting news Norton. Looking forward to hearing more about the polygyny.

Re: The effects of temperature on Queen ants.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:06 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: The effects of temperature on Queen ants.  ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 2815

Astro wrote:My PhD is in physics, so this field isn't my strongest! So it's possible (Hypothetically) for the temperature to kill the stored sperm in the queen?


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Yes, that's what I've heard. The high temperature destroys the sperm apparently.

Re: The effects of temperature on Queen ants.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Sep 12, 2016 10:10 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: The effects of temperature on Queen ants.  ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 2815

Yea it seems odd, but temperature has a really big impact on enzyme activity, a great example is in the human body where if the internal body temperature increases a few degrees past 37C, enzymes will start to denature and stop functioning. Similarly with ants. It depends on the species too. The lea...

Re: The effects of temperature on Queen ants.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Sep 12, 2016 1:14 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: The effects of temperature on Queen ants.  ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 2815

Apparently exceeding 30C will sterilise a Queen leaf cutting ant

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Sep 10, 2016 9:00 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 343 ¦  Views: 103428

I wouldn't worry, as long as she has brood and looks healthy, it's most likely no problem at all.

Re: My two beautiful ant nest

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Sep 09, 2016 4:35 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: My two beautiful ant nest ¦  Replies: 28 ¦  Views: 10173

They do look like they are made of grout.

Re: Lasius niger or Lasius flavus?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Sep 09, 2016 1:14 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Lasius niger or Lasius flavus? ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 2155

Interesting, a multi Queen Lasius niger colony would be better to keep as you can study the pleometrosis of the Queens, although I'm unsure how long it will last in Lasius niger.

Re: Oecophylla smaragdina build.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:13 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria Building Projects ¦  Topic: Oecophylla smaragdina build. ¦  Replies: 50 ¦  Views: 12105

I'd order this tree: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Indoor-Plant-- ... a+aquatica

Then you can do the washing procedure and cut it back to about 80cm high. That will promote new growth.

Re: Oecophylla smaragdina build.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Sep 08, 2016 7:09 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria Building Projects ¦  Topic: Oecophylla smaragdina build. ¦  Replies: 50 ¦  Views: 12105

I spoke to Occultus about the Pachira tree and he said its not available. He did say though you can easily wash off any pesticides from the stem and leaves. Pachira aquatica can be easily washed clean to remove residual pesticides used on most houseplants. Wash stem leaves and roots...then replace s...

Re: Oecophylla smaragdina build.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Sep 07, 2016 7:22 am ¦  Forum: Formicaria Building Projects ¦  Topic: Oecophylla smaragdina build. ¦  Replies: 50 ¦  Views: 12105

veektooru wrote:Any advice on how long the lights should be left on for?

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They shouldn't be on all the time. You should turn them off at night and allow a small temperature drop to about 24C from 27C. The plant needs natural light cycles.

Re: Need advice about leafcutters

 by Leafcutter ¦  Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:44 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Need advice about leafcutters ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 2258

If you PM me your phone number or email address I'll forward it on to the guy who sets up Atta/Acromyrmex displays for Zoos, he will be able to set the whole thing up and teach you how to keep them :). Thank you very much. PM is on it's way Haven't received a PM about this yet. Let me know if you s...

Re: Self Harming Myrmica rubra Queen.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:43 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Self Harming Myrmica rubra Queen. ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 2230

Were there any workers when the Queen lost her legs? Very odd behaviour...

Re: Leafcutter's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) III

 by Leafcutter ¦  Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:39 pm ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 65362

The ants have been very interesting to watch these past couple of weeks as they have created a satellite nest in the Pachira tree :).

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Leafcutter ¦  Tue Sep 06, 2016 10:27 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 343 ¦  Views: 103428

So I have a issue currently, lasius flavus have completely moved into the outworld and created a home underneath and I cant budge them, that's not much of a problem I don't mind them living there however im growing concerned that theyre not eating or drinking I feed them with random bits of fruit (...

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