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Re: Diacamma rugosum

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Jan 26, 2017 8:33 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Diacamma rugosum ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 2604

Not talking from experience here but Jon keeps/kept this species so should be able to shed more light on their keeping requirements. As far as I'm aware, these ants eat a lot of insects and need the protein for the brood development. They are a Queen-less species with a gamergate instead. I've seen ...

Re: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Jan 23, 2017 2:25 pm ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 59495

How are they doing with the leaves of the Calamondin plant? Do they wilt as quickly?

Re: Dinomyrmex gigas

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Jan 18, 2017 5:01 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Dinomyrmex gigas ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 4155

Any chance of getting these on AntKit? :-D Unlikely as these ants are extremely sensitive to shipping. Never say never Leafcutter. I didn't say 'never', just that it is unlikely to happen. Unless you can prove otherwise and will have Dinomyrmex gigas for sale any time soon? And if so they will most...

Re: Dinomyrmex gigas

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Jan 18, 2017 12:24 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Dinomyrmex gigas ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 4155

Alex white wrote:Any chance of getting these on AntKit? :-D

Unlikely as these ants are extremely sensitive to shipping.

Re: AntsCanada shipping

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:18 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: AntsCanada shipping  ¦  Replies: 26 ¦  Views: 6272

Support the original developers and manufacturers. If you can't afford the product, don't buy it at all or save for it. You are doing the original manufacturer a great favor and dont support slave Labour, we all know under which conditions people have to work in China. I am in strong agreement with...

Yes, these are the species I have kept :).

My list:

Camponotus pseudoirritans
Camponotus mitis
Camponotus maculatus
Camponotus fulvopilosus
Camponotus nicobarensis
Oecophylla smaragdina (Asian)
Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)
Messor structor
Atta cephalotes
Myrmecia pavida
Pheidole pallidula

There's probably a few that I've missed.

Re: Mealworms

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:25 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Mealworms ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 3093

Spikeyols wrote:@Leafcutter, its for colonies with 1-15 workers, they wont be able to kill them.

Well you didn't mention the size of the colony/colonies in question.

Quick dip in boiling water is the next way.

Re: Mealworms

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Jan 07, 2017 5:46 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Mealworms ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 3093

Let the ants kill the mealworm as that way it's as if they found it in the wild and killed it themselves.

Re: Camponotus barbaricus - Serafine's harvester ants

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:52 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Serafine's Camponotus barbaricus - Welcome to Lazy Tube ¦  Replies: 115 ¦  Views: 30998

You should read the Journal :-) I know they're not harvester ants, I'm just making fun of their habit to store massive amounts of food in their tube (like harvester ants do with their seeds) :wacky: Haha! I had a quick scan of the original posts but missed that part :D. No wonder nobody mentioned t...

Re: Camponotus barbaricus - Serafine's harvester ants

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:13 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Serafine's Camponotus barbaricus - Welcome to Lazy Tube ¦  Replies: 115 ¦  Views: 30998

Is this species Camponotus barbaricus? If so, as far as I know, they are not harvester ants.

Re: The Effects of Missing Limbs in Ants

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Jan 04, 2017 6:06 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: The Effects of Missing Limbs in Ants ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1775

I've seen Camponotus Queens with only 5 legs that do just fine.

Re: ID practice

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Dec 28, 2016 7:24 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: ID practice ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 1721

Yes of course :).

Re: ID practice

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Dec 28, 2016 6:05 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: ID practice ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 1721

Ha ha! I'll make a practice thread and you can have a go at identifying the ant species. You can use any resources available such as books, ant keys etc.

Re: Camponotus habereri

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:53 pm ¦  Forum: Camponotus sp. ¦  Topic: Camponotus habereri ¦  Replies: 15 ¦  Views: 4499

jonthefish wrote:Yes, like a few other species of Camponotus, they look wicked when their abdomens are well expanded.

The colony has really come along nicely since last year :).

Re: Camponotus habereri

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Dec 22, 2016 6:03 pm ¦  Forum: Camponotus sp. ¦  Topic: Camponotus habereri ¦  Replies: 15 ¦  Views: 4499

Very well fed I must say Jon :).

RE: Andavane's Indian Journal

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:45 pm ¦  Forum: Andavane's Journals ¦  Topic: Andavane's Indian Journal ¦  Replies: 28 ¦  Views: 7634

You and your tagging haha!

The shape of the thorax does suggest Polyrhachis spp. but we need close up pictures for a complete ID.

Re: Polyrhachis dives

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:24 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Polyrhachis dives ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 1421

The thing with Polyrhachis ants is that they aren't too fussed with humidity and they nest in all sorts of things, paper, wood shavings, dead leaves etc...

Re: Polyrhachis dives

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun Dec 18, 2016 11:04 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Polyrhachis dives ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 1421

Yes they will weave pretty much in any substrate and in test tubes.

Re: Carebara Diversa

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Dec 16, 2016 4:07 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Carebara Diversa ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 4082

Hi all thanks for all the advice, the deal has fallen througe anyway, but just beacuse I am 13 does not mean i am ill suited to keep them, maybe a tad financially, but i keep over 14 difffrent species of ants ranging from solonopsis to messor and camponotus, I belive that I could look after this sp...

Re: I want these ants!

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Dec 15, 2016 10:15 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: I want these ants! ¦  Replies: 16 ¦  Views: 3795

Lol. That's how observant we antkeepers are, too much concentration on the actual ants themselves nothing else :D.

I don't think anyone sells Leptogenys.

Re: I want these ants!

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Dec 15, 2016 8:44 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: I want these ants! ¦  Replies: 16 ¦  Views: 3795

Yeah guys its definitely Leptogenys spp. I'm not sure on the species though.

Re: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Dec 05, 2016 7:44 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Cyrus's Lasius Niger Colony ¦  Replies: 49 ¦  Views: 17338


It shouldn't be a problem as there are many larvae. If the ants are still developing at a steady rate, it might be a good idea not to hibernate.

Re: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Dec 03, 2016 10:10 am ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 59495

As soon as they build a nest the leaves start to die, since I've had them they must have made 10-15 nests. That is odd, I think there may be an issue with conditions for the plant as mine didn't do this. Leaves did die rarely, but that was when they had constant light beaming on the plant all the t...

Re: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Dec 03, 2016 9:30 am ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 59495

Wow, the Pachira tree looks very damaged, I personally had little problems using Pachira.

Re: Communal Solenopsis geminata journal.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Nov 30, 2016 7:50 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Communal Solenopsis geminata journal. ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 3559

OTHER wrote:Nice! Where did you get these? Would love to obtain a colony myself!

Occultus is selling colonies on his site.

Re: Veektooru's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Nov 28, 2016 8:00 pm ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 59495

Looks good, just make sure that you clean the leaves as much as possible to get rid of the pesticides. Also email the seller to ask if the pesticides used are systemic or not?

Re: Ant From Brazil!

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Nov 26, 2016 9:14 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Ant From Brazil! ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 1230


That's a major worker, unfortunately not a Queen, looks like a Camponotus spp.

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Nov 25, 2016 10:29 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 339 ¦  Views: 92313

There's no "correct" way. I just put a teaspoon of sugar in a glass and pour hot water in to dissolve the sugar, that's it. As long as you aren't concentrating the sugar water so it becomes gloopy, you'll be fine.

Re: Is this mould or ant bread?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Nov 24, 2016 8:43 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Is this mould or ant bread? ¦  Replies: 21 ¦  Views: 6299

Personally I haven't read any real evidence for ants not being able to "see red".

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