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Re: Identify this species please?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Mar 13, 2017 1:47 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Identify this species please? ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 1241

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Re: Heating Messor Barbarus

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun Mar 12, 2017 9:31 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Heating Messor Barbarus ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 1608

The best way to achieve a constant temperature without heating the nest itself too much is to have an incubator or heated room. The incubator may just be a small vivarium but using a heat cable attached to the inside back of the incubator controlled by a pulse thermostat is a good way to go. You sim...

Re: Photo - What type of ants are these?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Mar 10, 2017 8:21 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: Photo - What type of ants are these? ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 3035

Not Lasius flavus for sure.

Re: Odontomachus help

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Mar 08, 2017 8:39 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Odontomachus help ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 2939

What formicarium are you keeping them in Vik?

Re: Odontomachus help

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Mar 08, 2017 7:58 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Odontomachus help ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 2939

Humidity is necessary for Odontomachus species. If they are feeding normally, humidity is probably the issue.

Re: Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:38 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis ¦  Replies: 259 ¦  Views: 46160

I personally recommend not moving ants into any nest until there are at least 20 workers. I tend to keep my colonies in test tubes until they are large enough, I've also kept ants in boiling tubes which are larger and will allow more more ants to live inside. A test tube setup is great for most Camp...

Re: Ants not eating

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Mar 08, 2017 12:24 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Ants not eating ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 1739

Is this normal or should they be more active? My lasius niger colony is the same Most colonies would still be in their diapause (hibernation) state now so espcially as M. rubra and L. niger as they are european species, it seems normal. Even if you provide a heat mat, their natural instincts will r...

Re: Messor Capitatus eggs - How long to hatch?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:45 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Messor Capitatus eggs - How long to hatch? ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 1522

A few weeks depending on the species, I'm not sure with Messor capitatus. The best thing you can do is provide a quiet, disturbance-free environment for them, Messor Queens that get stressed can really have a negative impact on colony growth.

Re: Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis

 by Leafcutter ¦  Tue Mar 07, 2017 1:17 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis ¦  Replies: 259 ¦  Views: 46160

20F is -6 degrees celsius! That's way too cold for any ant.

Re: Feeding Ants

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Mar 03, 2017 11:43 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Feeding Ants ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 1709

Most antkeepers will agree that feeding ants to ants is not good practice morally. We want to keep ants and observe them, not kill them. There are plenty of insects that ants will eat more readily than other ants.

Re: Camponotus nicobarensis questions Topic is solved

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Mar 02, 2017 2:48 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Camponotus nicobarensis questions Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 5597

A polygynous colony is where multiple Queens exist at the same time. Simply adding a new Queen if the founder Queen dies is not polygyny. Depending on the species, introcuding a new Queen is possible but risky as ScarletAsh says.

Re: Ant kit all in one Ytong nests

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Feb 27, 2017 8:15 am ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Ant kit all in one Ytong nests ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 3863

Not sure Adam. Haven't spoken to Luke in a while as he's not been online.

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Feb 25, 2017 4:04 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 339 ¦  Views: 92166

I've been busy and seems the mods haven't been online much either. Luke is busy with AntKit as it reopens on the 6th March.

Re: Journals

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:59 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Journals ¦  Replies: 21 ¦  Views: 8154

Yeah no problem I'll get it sorted.

Re: Trapjaw help

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Feb 22, 2017 10:45 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Trapjaw help ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 971

Building a chamber is perfectly normal, it makes the Queen feel safe and this is what they do in the wild. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Re: Harpegnathos venator

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Feb 22, 2017 8:37 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Harpegnathos venator ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1800

Antdealer currently has them in stock.

Re: Ant kit all in one Ytong nests

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:10 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Ant kit all in one Ytong nests ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 3863

Popularity I think, people have been wanting Ytong nests for a long time since the production stopped. I myself have been after one for ages...

Re: Ant kit all in one Ytong nests

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:17 am ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Ant kit all in one Ytong nests ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 3863

AntKit's Ytong nests will be making a return.

Re: I need help!

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun Feb 19, 2017 2:54 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: I need help! ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 3538

Laurus nobilis is another one.

Re: I need help!

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun Feb 19, 2017 12:11 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: I need help! ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 3538

Ficus benjamina are supposed to be good and last a long time if in the correct conditions.


Re: How does this work?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Feb 16, 2017 5:08 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: How does this work? ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 2798

You need to create an account to reply to posts :).

Re: DIY ant enclosures

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Feb 09, 2017 5:02 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: DIY ant enclosures ¦  Replies: 7 ¦  Views: 2142

What a fantastic idea! I will surely try those out. How about an outworld? How would you do that? Also, on a side-note: Read in the rules that there should be no discussion about keeping Formica rufa in the forum, but I could not see why. Why is that? From the rules: The discussion of keeping Formi...

Re: Your thoughts?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:33 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Your thoughts? ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 2256

Clearly shows this guy doesn't care about the ants, he's perfectly fine with eating them! Sound to me like his colonies are growing too quickly for him so he decides to put a nice healthy price on them to sell as food :D.

Re: Your thoughts?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:17 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Your thoughts? ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 2256

I just saw the edible ants part of the URL and have my thoughts just about wrapped up :D.

Re: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun Feb 05, 2017 5:40 pm ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 59398

How many workers are there now Vik?

Re: Messor Aciculatus Protein Topic is solved

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun Feb 05, 2017 7:57 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Messor Aciculatus Protein Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 23 ¦  Views: 5976

Dried mealworms do not have the same nutritional value that the ants need. They essentially have all the goodness sucked out. The ants won't as readily eat dried mealworms as they would live mealworms.

Re: Camponotus barbaricus - Serafine's harvester ants

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Feb 03, 2017 2:22 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Serafine's Camponotus barbaricus - Welcome to Lazy Tube ¦  Replies: 115 ¦  Views: 30962

I've seen a few Camponotus workers from my old C. maculatus colony which drank too much sugar water, their gasters expanded loads and then they died :(.

Re: I need advice for buying a thermostat

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Feb 02, 2017 1:34 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: I need advice for buying a thermostat ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 1688

Hi buddy,

I can't fault Habistat Thermostats even though they are in the region of £40, I think the On/Off ones are cheaper though.

Re: Michael's Camponotus cosmicus

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Feb 01, 2017 12:10 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Michael's Camponotus cosmicus ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 2773

The workers of this species are fast runners haha!

Re: Antsscotland journal

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Jan 30, 2017 8:42 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Antsscotland journal ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 1410

Create a thread and post info, pictures and images about the life of your colony/colonies :D.

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