Great news Simon, if those ants even sneeze wrongly let us know fella.
I would give them a small selection of seed, Messors like to have a little storage of eggs, a teaspoon quantity is more than enough. Then add seed as they reduced down in numbers. i would start offering an insect once or twice a week. With 10 workers, i would of thought there would be more larvae al...
This particular species of Messor will drink sugar water, but yes give them seeds as well Slimey. Small seeds like grass seed, poppy seeds, and budgie or canary or finch seed as well.
I have never worried about the humidity with any of Camponotus. They all thrive, as long as they have contact with a source of water or moisture they thrive. If the container of sugar water is too deep , there is the odd chance a particular species of ant may get stuck and drown, so yes by adding so...
I keep both the Messor aciculatus and the Camponotus nicobarensis, both for me are easy species to keep. This Messor you can have more than one Queen and cool to see them collect seed and see the different sizes of workers. This Camponotus is a faster ant than the Messor, with certainly more colour,...
Geo I would leave the ants alone until you can move them to their new home. They wont need feeding, if you do go and open the test tube to feed them, please film it... i need a giggle
How about letting the soil gradually dry out and keep the Ytong slightly damp (more appealing) and then just be patient? I'm sure they will eventually move.
If you get the ants early before the tank arrives. I think it would be an idea to not open the test tube and attempt to feed the ants. I in vision ants running out of the tube whilst your trying to place food into it lol. Its not like its going to be weeks before you get the ant tank. I would be tem...
Havent been bitten yet, had quite a few on my hands, they tend to actually stay away. Mind you I am a bit of a wuss and really try not to get bitten or stung.
Brown crickets are ready available, when you get the crickets, 'gut load them', meaning feed the crickets of any veg or fruit, then freeze the crickets and use them as necessary.
These ants have had no heating so far as they are kept in a warm room. Maybe worth using a thermometer if you go ahead with it. Also possibly checking the room temperature first in the room you plan on placing your ants.
Hi Geo, Lasius niger, would be a great first ant to keep. I would not worry about hibernating them the first year. If you are looking for something with a bit more colour and in my option just as easy go with http://www.antkit.uk/product/camponotus-nicobarensis/ They grow pretty fast and have lovely...
I would not hibernate L. niger, keep them warm and let them build up in numbers and hibernate them next year and to be honest if I had just purchased a colony as my first ant I would want them moving around and watching them for ages each day.
Welcome to the forum Knightjar. A great ant to start with. i would say be patient and allow the ants to move when they are ready. If you keep the test tube in a slightly more lit area and the Ytong chambers are dark you may speed up the move. Good luck.
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