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Re: Ligniperdus of Anglearable

 by formica123 ¦  Sat Mar 26, 2016 8:03 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Ligniperdus of Anglearable ¦  Replies: 20 ¦  Views: 3826

If I were you, I would wrap the test tube in tinfoil so it's dark, and keep the setup somewhere light. This way the out world gets light whilst the test tube does not, which is a lot more natural that 24/7 dark, so the ants won't think of the outworld as just another part of their nest.

Re: PHOTO: Wild Myrmica hunting

 by formica123 ¦  Wed Mar 23, 2016 5:38 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: PHOTO: Wild Myrmica hunting ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 907

Saw the exact same thing except with Formica rufa, nice find!

Re: Darkling Beetle (Ant Foods)

 by formica123 ¦  Sat Mar 12, 2016 1:17 pm ¦  Forum: RobJ's Media ¦  Topic: Darkling Beetle (Ant Foods) ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 1211

I never knew you kept fire ants?!

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved

 by formica123 ¦  Thu Mar 10, 2016 7:04 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Short Questions - Short Answers Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 336 ¦  Views: 77455

i have an small colony of Messor barbarus queen, 10 workers and some eggs i have her in a small ytong nest about 16cm x 16cm my question is how do i keep the nest humid and yet have a dry area for seeds i often see condensation on the tunnels, is there nest too small ? i slo have a small heat mat i...

Re: Formic Acid Questions

 by formica123 ¦  Tue Mar 08, 2016 7:58 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Formic Acid Questions ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 1258

10419 I keep polyrhachis and have no problems with them spraying formic acid, it doesn't smell of anything. But if they bite you and inject it - it hurts! How often do you get bite from polyrhachis? Hardly at all - but if any workers escape and I pick them up they will bite. Just stay clear from to...

Formic Acid Questions

 by formica123 ¦  Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:52 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Formic Acid Questions ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 1258

I keep polyrhachis and have no problems with them spraying formic acid, it doesn't smell of anything. But if they bite you and inject it - it hurts!

Lasius niger (Nigella)

 by formica123 ¦  Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:07 pm ¦  Forum: Dan's Journals ¦  Topic: (Closed) Lasius niger (Nigella) ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 2992

Just realised that I don't know what to do with the queen, her two dead workers, and the brood. There are larvae and eggs, which the two surviving workers have gathered up and are caring for, so should I remove the dead ants and allow the workers to raise the brood, then let them all die? Or should...

Lasius niger (Nigella)

 by formica123 ¦  Fri Mar 04, 2016 6:06 pm ¦  Forum: Dan's Journals ¦  Topic: (Closed) Lasius niger (Nigella) ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 2992

Just realised that I don't know what to do with the queen, her two dead workers, and the brood. There are larvae and eggs, which the two surviving workers have gathered up and are caring for, so should I remove the dead ants and allow the workers to raise the brood, then let them all die? Or should...

Pheidole Indica

 by formica123 ¦  Wed Mar 02, 2016 7:24 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Pheidole Indica ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 1973

They can have many many more, and multiple queens. It really depends on how you keep them. The amount of food and space you provide them will be a big factor, but let's say you have a large 6ft aquarium full of soil and place a single queen inside, if she found s here colony right, then they will be...

Trina's Camponotus lateralis

 by formica123 ¦  Tue Mar 01, 2016 3:54 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Trina's Camponotus lateralis ¦  Replies: 26 ¦  Views: 5216

If you give them some form of sand or soil, just a pinch, it should solve the problem

Ant species vs Lasius niger

 by formica123 ¦  Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:49 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Ant species vs Lasius niger ¦  Replies: 21 ¦  Views: 5779

Camponotus Friedae v Lasius Niger, such a fast moving speciest!
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Ant species vs Lasius niger

 by formica123 ¦  Mon Feb 29, 2016 5:48 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Ant species vs Lasius niger ¦  Replies: 21 ¦  Views: 5779

C.diversa worker in acrylic v Lasius Niger:
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Are the ant farm kits any good?

 by formica123 ¦  Thu Feb 25, 2016 5:19 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Are the ant farm kits any good? ¦  Replies: 5 ¦  Views: 1442

Hi,
This will be perfect for him!
He will see everything that goes in the colony:
https://antkit.uk/products/ant-keeping- ... 0198897411

Lasius Flavus Buy or wait?

 by formica123 ¦  Wed Feb 24, 2016 6:17 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Lasius Flavus Buy or wait? ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 1012

Orcydog wrote:Qr Bbpost I be think of buying Lasius Flavus's Queen's 3 or 5 but is it too early on the year to buy Lasius flavus I know it is hibernation to end of March but is it less of stress for the queen's to be mail in hibernation?

Hi,'it's fine to buy Lasius flavus now.

what to get pheidole pallidula or Messor barbarus

 by formica123 ¦  Wed Feb 24, 2016 5:03 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: what to get pheidole pallidula or Messor barbarus ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 2046

Nile Antboy wrote:oh ok, that just wants me to get pheidole pallidula more lol . Also wich one has its egg to adult quiker?

Pheidole, but they are very prone to dying out for absolutely no reason

what to get pheidole pallidula or Messor barbarus

 by formica123 ¦  Wed Feb 24, 2016 4:57 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: what to get pheidole pallidula or Messor barbarus ¦  Replies: 8 ¦  Views: 2046

Messor they are a lot easier to keep

Advice for mites?

 by formica123 ¦  Wed Feb 24, 2016 8:01 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Advice for mites? ¦  Replies: 20 ¦  Views: 4286

9952 Thank you very much everyone for your advice. on my next day off work I'm going to sort out trying Nortons advice as it sounds quite feasible and hopeful. All the ants are infected no doubt helped by the close proximity they all had during hibernation. I've got all of them and the brood in a s...

What ant species to get next!

 by formica123 ¦  Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:18 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: What ant species to get next!  ¦  Replies: 33 ¦  Views: 6596

9792 Camponotus nicobarensis has been mention and i think is a great looking species, you just have to look at the journal I made. C. habereri, is the much improved colouration on the C. nicobarensis and we have quite a few of those. C. singularis has been mentioned, what a lovely looking ant, to s...

What ant species to get next!

 by formica123 ¦  Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:17 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: What ant species to get next!  ¦  Replies: 33 ¦  Views: 6596

I can always look into them properly when you have stock mate. Thanks RobJ I would definetely reccomendations this species, they never fail to disappoint. But if your looking for something a lot larger and smaller colonies, get Camponotus. But for me Carebara all the way lol I have totally missed t...

What ant species to get next!

 by formica123 ¦  Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:12 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: What ant species to get next!  ¦  Replies: 33 ¦  Views: 6596

9784 Interesting. Do you have stock. The site says no ? Thanks RobJ No, but starting March I will be specialising in this species mostly, as I find them to be my favourite. That's when I will get stock. I hear antkit have had some nice colonies in the past also :) I can always look into them proper...

What ant species to get next!

 by formica123 ¦  Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:10 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: What ant species to get next!  ¦  Replies: 33 ¦  Views: 6596

We do not have any Carebara diversa at the moment, in all honesty they are not what i would refer to as a large species of ant, yes eventually they make create some rather large workers, but boy do they create an awful lot of tiny workers. Yeah,some of the workers are tiny! But once past the 1000 m...

What ant species to get next!

 by formica123 ¦  Sat Feb 20, 2016 11:06 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: What ant species to get next!  ¦  Replies: 33 ¦  Views: 6596

RobJ wrote:Qr Bbpost Interesting. Do you have stock. The site says no ?


Thanks
RobJ

No, but starting March I will be specialising in this species mostly, as I find them to be my favourite. That's when I will get stock.

I hear antkit have had some nice colonies in the past also :)

What ant species to get next!

 by formica123 ¦  Sat Feb 20, 2016 10:55 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: What ant species to get next!  ¦  Replies: 33 ¦  Views: 6596

Carebara diversa.
Easy to keep, have fantastic soldiers and are super fun to watch!

housing new lasius niger queen

 by formica123 ¦  Fri Feb 19, 2016 10:05 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: housing new lasius niger queen ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 1358

9562 No, the queen is best left in the test tube for several months, until she has about 30 workers (depending on the size of test tube). In the wild, they wouldn't expand the nest until they needed more room. The queen doesn't need protein, only sugars, so you don't need to provide meat or jelly u...

VIDEO: A Clean Way To Feed Ants In A Test Tube Setup (Ant keeping tips)

 by formica123 ¦  Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:59 pm ¦  Forum: RobJ's Media ¦  Topic: VIDEO: A Clean Way To Feed Ants In A Test Tube Setup (Ant keeping tips) ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 3098

RobJ wrote:No worries. Could you post a photo of your test tube ?


Thanks
RobJ[emoji220]

Will do

VIDEO: A Clean Way To Feed Ants In A Test Tube Setup (Ant keeping tips)

 by formica123 ¦  Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:55 pm ¦  Forum: RobJ's Media ¦  Topic: VIDEO: A Clean Way To Feed Ants In A Test Tube Setup (Ant keeping tips) ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 3098

Ah never knew that they had that flavour! Very interesting. Just used this tip with my pheidologeton will help loads. You could also block the pipette off with cotton wool so no ants climb inside and won't come out Glad you tried it out Here is the seller I got mine off but he don't sell the 1000 p...

VIDEO: A Clean Way To Feed Ants In A Test Tube Setup (Ant keeping tips)

 by formica123 ¦  Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:52 pm ¦  Forum: RobJ's Media ¦  Topic: VIDEO: A Clean Way To Feed Ants In A Test Tube Setup (Ant keeping tips) ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 3098

Ah never knew that they had that flavour! Very interesting.
Just used this tip with my pheidologeton will help loads. You could also block the pipette off with cotton wool so no ants climb inside and won't come out

VIDEO: A Clean Way To Feed Ants In A Test Tube Setup (Ant keeping tips)

 by formica123 ¦  Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:48 pm ¦  Forum: RobJ's Media ¦  Topic: VIDEO: A Clean Way To Feed Ants In A Test Tube Setup (Ant keeping tips) ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 3098

Brilliant tip. Do yiu have a link where I can buy 1000 pipettes? And what's the lactic acid for? :)

Establishing a midden

 by formica123 ¦  Sun Feb 14, 2016 4:59 pm ¦  Forum: Experiments and Ants in the News ¦  Topic: Establishing a midden ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 2620

For leafcutting ants they often dump their rubbish at the lowest part of the nest

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