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what species go with for my second

 by jonthefish ¦  Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:28 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: what species go with for my second ¦  Replies: 12 ¦  Views: 2528

Go for an Asian Camponotus, a fair few are not that slow in growing. We have 4 colonies of C. friedae with at least 11 workers. I would suggest Camponotus nicobarensis myself if you want a fast growing/lovely coloured and easy species to keep. We have 100's of Messor barbarus, so we should not be ou...

lasius niger

 by jonthefish ¦  Tue Jan 19, 2016 5:03 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: How long does test tube water last? ¦  Replies: 1 ¦  Views: 888

Hello Antman16, The water should last weeks in the test tube. If all the workers are resting quietly on the cotton wool at the water end of the tube, you could quietly remove the cotton that blocks the opening and place a cotton bud that has been dipped in a mixture of water that has had some sugar ...

PHOTO: My new colony

 by jonthefish ¦  Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:34 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Trina's Camponotus lateralis ¦  Replies: 26 ¦  Views: 5208

Pretty smart.

Camponotus ligniperdus

 by jonthefish ¦  Fri Jan 08, 2016 7:19 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Camponotus ligniperdus ¦  Replies: 36 ¦  Views: 6645

That is fair enough. The workers will need feeding. Just keep an eye on them. I do not keep them sealed up in test tubes at Antkit.

Best of luck Jon.

camponotus ligniperdus nest

 by jonthefish ¦  Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:08 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: camponotus ligniperdus nest ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 1076

Euro253 give them a moist area as well as a dry area.

Camponotus ligniperdus

 by jonthefish ¦  Thu Jan 07, 2016 9:09 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Camponotus ligniperdus ¦  Replies: 36 ¦  Views: 6645

Nile Ant, have you removed the cotton wool and allowed the ants to come out?

Tips on keeping humidity correct

 by jonthefish ¦  Tue Jan 05, 2016 11:39 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Tips on keeping humidity correct ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 1856

Peroni?.... Oh beer, I thought that was bottle water....

Robj, are you using a heating source on your Camponotus?

Tips on keeping humidity correct

 by jonthefish ¦  Tue Jan 05, 2016 10:58 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Tips on keeping humidity correct ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 1856

What species of ant is this Robj?

New ants - Test tube duration

 by jonthefish ¦  Mon Jan 04, 2016 11:36 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: New ants - Test tube duration ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1369

Yes AntsTimeJans, you can remove the test tube once the ants have left the tube.

We're an interesting breed

 by jonthefish ¦  Tue Dec 15, 2015 9:49 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: We're an interesting breed ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 1027

So your saying we also have a drink problem..... cant argue with that lol

We're an interesting breed

 by jonthefish ¦  Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:57 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: We're an interesting breed ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 1027

At Antkit, we get quite a few orders for ants between the hours of 11 p.m and the Witching hour. I typed this @ 23.58 lol

Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis

 by jonthefish ¦  Fri Dec 11, 2015 8:12 am ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis ¦  Replies: 259 ¦  Views: 37152

You were lucky Geo, these are pretty fast ants and clever at dodging hands. Well recaptured.

Male Oecophylla smaragdina

 by jonthefish ¦  Wed Dec 09, 2015 4:21 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Male Oecophylla smaragdina ¦  Replies: 10 ¦  Views: 2268

I am pretty much known as the antman in most of the post offices in Basingstoke now. Good luck in your search Kit.

New Messor, too late in year?

 by jonthefish ¦  Fri Dec 04, 2015 3:30 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: New Messor, too late in year? ¦  Replies: 29 ¦  Views: 4622

Messor aciculatus 1 and 2 queen colonies back in stock, please feel free to message me with any questions.

Jon.

New Messor, too late in year?

 by jonthefish ¦  Fri Dec 04, 2015 8:35 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: New Messor, too late in year? ¦  Replies: 29 ¦  Views: 4622

I will put them on the site today Bounce.

New Messor, too late in year?

 by jonthefish ¦  Thu Dec 03, 2015 12:08 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: New Messor, too late in year? ¦  Replies: 29 ¦  Views: 4622

What about trying one of the Asian Messors that have more than one Queen in a colony? At Antkit we have Messor aciculatus with up to 5 queen colonies.

New Messor, too late in year?

 by jonthefish ¦  Wed Dec 02, 2015 1:12 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: New Messor, too late in year? ¦  Replies: 29 ¦  Views: 4622

Would it be possible to collect a few workers from different wild colonies and maintain them in separate containers until needed for feeder to the lizard? How about collecting a few workers from the wild and freezing them, steadily building up a collection of them to feed in the winter. Would the li...

My Ant Room

 by jonthefish ¦  Sun Nov 29, 2015 4:13 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: My Ant Room ¦  Replies: 23 ¦  Views: 4554

Great news for myself, I have my ant room back for my pets. Antkit live ants has moved to bigger premises and so I hope to be able to continue my journals and have more room to move in my little ant room :D

Rubra and custard !!!!

 by jonthefish ¦  Wed Nov 18, 2015 10:02 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Rubra and custard !!!! ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 1266

Shame about digging them up, however what a great find and with 4 Queen. A lovely species of ant. Good luck with them.

New colony

 by jonthefish ¦  Wed Nov 11, 2015 11:58 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: New colony ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 1051

Your welcome Lil-lau, good luck with them

PHOTO: Lasius Niger

 by jonthefish ¦  Mon Nov 09, 2015 3:03 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: PHOTO: Lasius Niger ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 1407

It is great when you see larvae and pupa on a young colony.

Camponotus largiceps

 by jonthefish ¦  Sat Nov 07, 2015 12:15 am ¦  Forum: Camponotus sp. ¦  Topic: Camponotus largiceps ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 2913

They are ticking over ok, I will try and get some photos up soon. I love the colour on the queen.

Oecophylla smaragdina business

 by jonthefish ¦  Thu Nov 05, 2015 8:40 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Oecophylla smaragdina business ¦  Replies: 9 ¦  Views: 1960

(Not from China)... In the U.K things are a bit easier.

Simon's Messor aciculatus Journal

 by jonthefish ¦  Thu Nov 05, 2015 1:41 pm ¦  Forum: Simon's Journals ¦  Topic: Simon's Messor aciculatus Journal ¦  Replies: 25 ¦  Views: 6148

Simon I have 30 colonies of this species, some up to 5 queen colonies, all thriving with eggs, larvae etc and not one of them is being kept with dirt. I keep 11 different species of Messor, no dirt. I think your flapping too much with worry. If you keep the Messors in dirt your going to miss out of ...

Aphaenogaster japonica

 by jonthefish ¦  Wed Nov 04, 2015 12:53 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Aphaenogaster japonica ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 1122

We have two colonies coming along nicely and they are receiving the same care as a L. niger.

Simon's Messor aciculatus Discussion Thread

 by jonthefish ¦  Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:07 pm ¦  Forum: Simon's Journals ¦  Topic: Simon's Messor aciculatus Discussion Thread ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 2306

Messor stinging? Mind you I dont think I have been bitten by a Messor either yet......Then again I am a bit of a fairy when handling ants.

Hellow everyone~

 by jonthefish ¦  Wed Oct 28, 2015 11:17 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Hellow everyone~ ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 1234

Welcome to the forum Kagura, I keep a colony of Messor arenarius.

Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis

 by jonthefish ¦  Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:35 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis ¦  Replies: 259 ¦  Views: 37152

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Here is my old colony. I have a contact who works with different species of pest cockroaches, now they are a different kettle-of-fish (excuse the pun).

Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis

 by jonthefish ¦  Tue Oct 27, 2015 7:30 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: Geo's Camponotus nicobarensis ¦  Replies: 259 ¦  Views: 37152

Dubia roaches are very poor climbers and not very fast.

Is it queen or male

 by jonthefish ¦  Thu Oct 22, 2015 2:05 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Is it queen or male ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 2453

She looks pretty cool.

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