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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: 5231

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

Re: Amazon payment for AntKit doesn't work from Germany

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Nov 24, 2016 11:45 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Amazon payment for AntKit doesn't work from Germany ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 832

Contact AntKit directly and they'll be able to help you out quicker that way. Send them an email or call them.

Re: Ant queen?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Nov 23, 2016 11:20 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Ant queen? ¦  Replies: 15 ¦  Views: 3478

The wing scars indicate she is a Queen.

Re: Veektooru's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Nov 21, 2016 8:58 pm ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 49245

Might be time for a different plant species. Any pesticide free citrus plant will be okay.

Re: Ant queen?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Nov 21, 2016 3:50 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Ant queen? ¦  Replies: 15 ¦  Views: 3478

i truly have 0 knowledge on this species (i dont know what species it even is) *waits patiently for @leafcutter * but her gaster looks really small so maybe shes an alate that never got to mate so just shed her wings and became a normal worker? unsure I reckon it is a Queen of Neoponera spp. Looks ...

Re: Can you keep Un-Mated Male Ants???

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun Nov 13, 2016 5:21 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Can you keep Un-Mated Male Ants??? ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 993


Unfortunately winged male ants do not live for very long at all, maximum a few days after mating and since they cannot reproduce themselves it wouldn't be worth even trying to keep the male ants.

You can always buy a Queen ant from the ant stores online.

Re: Veektooru's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Nov 12, 2016 9:50 pm ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 49245

Daily watering of the Pachira plant should help in giving the leaves a longer life. Alternatively I can find some other plants which you could use, although they won't be as hardy as the Pachira.

Re: Feeding in the Tubes

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Nov 12, 2016 12:43 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Feeding in the Tubes ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1373

Simply place the food inside the test tube and then remove it when necessary. That's what I do anyway. Some keep the ant test tube open in an out world so they can forage, when the colony gets too big to feed in a test tube.

Re: Rehyn's Myrmecocystus Mendax journal

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Nov 07, 2016 3:05 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Rehyn's Myrmecocystus mendax journal ¦  Replies: 27 ¦  Views: 4228

Yari wrote:Did they give you a track and trace code?

Most likely.

Do post some picture of the colony as they are very nice ants.

Re: Occultus' Camponotus fulvopilosus

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Nov 07, 2016 6:16 am ¦  Forum: Leafcutter's Journals ¦  Topic: Leafcutter's Camponotus fulvopilosus ¦  Replies: 56 ¦  Views: 5157

Beautiful. These ants are stunning and they do grow very fast indeed :).

Re: Favorite ant species

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun Nov 06, 2016 8:38 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Favorite ant species ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 2918

Myrmecia pavida - Large ants with beautiful colours and overall an easy species to keep.
Camponotus fulvopilosus - Some great character to ants from this species and just fantastic looking!

Re: Pronunciation

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:03 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Pronunciation  ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 1266

Lasius niger

Re: Pronunciation

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Nov 04, 2016 10:27 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Pronunciation  ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 1266

The Latin function on the forum should still be working. You can hear the Latin names pronounced properly.

Re: Cheap local honey

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Nov 03, 2016 5:34 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Cheap local honey ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 1865

Looking to get started in beekeeping myself next year, when the season comes.

Re: Looking at keeping Honeypot ants

 by Leafcutter ¦  Tue Nov 01, 2016 7:15 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Looking at keeping Honeypot ants ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 1739

I've always imagined them as being kept in a Ytong nest but that nest looks fine.

Re: Looking at keeping Honeypot ants

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:04 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Looking at keeping Honeypot ants ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 1739

Antdealer have Myrmecocystus in stock.

Re: Now for something completely different.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:52 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria Building Projects ¦  Topic: Now for something completely different.  ¦  Replies: 27 ¦  Views: 4003

So World of Ants is your next best bet. Maybe you could email him and make an offer?

Re: Now for something completely different.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Oct 27, 2016 6:40 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria Building Projects ¦  Topic: Now for something completely different.  ¦  Replies: 27 ¦  Views: 4003

I read your journal and was thoroughly disappointed to see it end. I was thinking of having a moat purely for aesthetic reasons but if it's a risk to the ants then I won't bother. Just wanted to put some ideas out there. I've been pointed in the direction of a colony of 1000 workers for £350 but im...

Re: Now for something completely different.

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Oct 27, 2016 4:25 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria Building Projects ¦  Topic: Now for something completely different.  ¦  Replies: 27 ¦  Views: 4003

Hi Viktor, Camponotus fulvopilosus are really hard to find for sale right now, but send World of Ants a message as Steffen might have some colonies for sale. Be warned that it will be over £500 though haha. Having kept this species myself for a good while, they really don't need a moat at all. Have ...

Re: Solenopsis fugax queries

 by Leafcutter ¦  Sun Oct 23, 2016 11:48 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Solenopsis fugax queries ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1264

luke.stewart wrote:Any way to get this website in English?

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You can use Google Chrome which will auto translate Antstore's website or use the translation on their website directly on the top right corner.

Re: Is this an Queen?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Oct 21, 2016 10:32 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Is this an Queen? ¦  Replies: 24 ¦  Views: 4037

hey guys really thanks to you all for the help and tips! about food for the ants, i dont want to give wild insects that i found because they can have pesticides, and here in my country brazil, petshops dont sell insect foods :( , what can food i can give to them that is good? , im giving only sugar...

Solenopsis fugax queries

 by Leafcutter ¦  Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:35 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Solenopsis fugax queries ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1264

Can solonopsis fungax be kept at 30c? You can find several Solenopsis fugax care sheets on ant shops such as Antstore. Here is a link to the care sheet, just scroll down: Here . Personally I think 30C is too high for almost any species, they will most likely be more comfortable in the mid 20's regi...

Re: Is this an Queen?

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:57 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Is this an Queen? ¦  Replies: 24 ¦  Views: 4037

Snaked wrote: is that in her mouth a egg?? can someone confirm?

Snaked wrote: is that in her mouth a egg?? can someone confirm?

Could you get another picture to confirm as it looks like an egg but I can't be 100% sure from that angle.

Re: Veektooru's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Mon Oct 17, 2016 7:02 pm ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 49245

Lovely! I haven't seen the Queen at all since they started a nest in leaves. I am very glad she's finally made an appearance :).

Re: Leafcutter's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) III

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Oct 13, 2016 9:31 pm ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 49245

andavane wrote:
Leafcutter wrote:
OTHER wrote:Beautiful! Can you show us a overview of setup you have them in at this moment?

It's just the Pachira aquatica plant sat in the tank which is surrounded by a moat.

Can we see the moat as well?

Not now as the colony is under new ownership and I don't use the moat any more.

Re: Veektooru's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:20 am ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 49245

veektooru wrote:What sugar do you use? I'm going to get some maple syrup later.

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I use brown sugar but cannot remember the brand as I've thrown away the packet.

Re: Veektooru's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Thu Oct 13, 2016 7:13 am ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 49245

Just normal sugar that I use in my coffee. Okay, I was thinking from a perspective of other chemicals being in it that may have caused those dead ants but anyway, are there any more dead ants this morning? I've not seen the ants vibrate their gaster like that when I had them. Their sluggish behavio...

Re: Veektooru's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Oct 12, 2016 9:11 pm ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 49245

The ants should be active trying to build a new nest in the next few days but from experience they won't start weaving a nest for until they are settled.

What sugar are you using to prepare the sugar water?

Re: Veektooru's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian)

 by Leafcutter ¦  Tue Oct 11, 2016 5:26 pm ¦  Forum: Veektoor's Journals ¦  Topic: Veektoor's Oecophylla smaragdina (Australian) ¦  Replies: 222 ¦  Views: 49245

Viktor is now the proud owner of this colony so will be taking the updates from here.

Re: Lasius Niger enviroment control

 by Leafcutter ¦  Wed Oct 05, 2016 5:29 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Lasius Niger enviroment control ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 1579

60% Humidity is not really an issue for Lasius niger.

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