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Re: ZSL Ant Conservation ~ The Red Barbed Ant

 by formica123 ¦  Wed Aug 03, 2016 7:37 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: ZSL Ant Conservation ~ The Red Barbed Ant ¦  Replies: 32 ¦  Views: 1911

I think captive bred colonies would be best to introduce as they will be certain that there's no mites or desieses

Re: ZSL Ant Conservation ~ The Red Barbed Ant

 by formica123 ¦  Tue Aug 02, 2016 3:06 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: ZSL Ant Conservation ~ The Red Barbed Ant ¦  Replies: 32 ¦  Views: 1911

Maybe people should take queens from mating flights, raise them in captivity, and reintroduce the colonies (once they're mature) to the wild

Re: Help for a queen caught of Formica rufa

 by formica123 ¦  Tue Jul 26, 2016 10:01 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Help for a queen caught of Formica rufa ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 487

It won't be a Formica rufa queen this late in the season, they had their mating flights in April/may. It may be Formica Truncorum.
They won't accept fusca workers. We really need pictures before we can advise him with what to do :)

Re: Another colony!

 by formica123 ¦  Sat Jul 23, 2016 8:24 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Another colony! ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 581

Carebara diversa

Re: KC's ants.

 by formica123 ¦  Tue Jul 19, 2016 6:52 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: KC's ants. ¦  Replies: 15 ¦  Views: 1665

I catch 3-4 queens in my swimming pool everyday, and some of them now even have workers. They don't actually breathe very much, so unless they're in there for an awful long time, they're usually ok.

Re: Alates flying in captivity

 by formica123 ¦  Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:28 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Alates flying in captivity ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 747

Alex white wrote::-) Wow. Does this mean the arrival of wild mating flights or, as they are inside, they aren't synced up?

They aren't really synced as there's a different climate inside a house

Re: Alates flying in captivity

 by formica123 ¦  Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:07 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Alates flying in captivity ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 747

Don't let it out the window, it will have even less a chance of survival and will just rot away, at least in the colony they will eat it and feed it back to the larvae. And if there are alate queens, there's a very good chance they will mate, it happens a lot with Myrmica.

Re: Adding Ants From Different Colonies

 by formica123 ¦  Mon Jun 20, 2016 11:20 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Adding Ants From Different Colonies ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 671

The exact same thing happened with my first Messor colony, however the queen was extremely healthy and had 100 workers.

Keeping Ants Cool

 by formica123 ¦  Sat Jun 04, 2016 8:50 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Keeping Ants Cool ¦  Replies: 16 ¦  Views: 1465

Hi, Summer has well and truly made its entrance. The temperature in my room is 26C! I have had the heat mat off for weeks now, and there is a layer of corrugated cardboard, some polystyrene and cloth underneath both of my nests. However, the temperature in both is about 27C, which I think is too ho...

Re: Solenopsis Fugax

 by formica123 ¦  Tue May 31, 2016 10:31 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Solenopsis Fugax ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 609

AntkeeperDylan wrote:Any pics?

Sent from my HP 10 Plus using Tapatalk

Uploading them to PB now

Solenopsis Fugax

 by formica123 ¦  Tue May 31, 2016 6:21 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Solenopsis Fugax ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 609

So I was out in the garden ploughing the fields when I took a quick lunch break. I noticed a line of ants walking around the stream that runs into our well, I figured they were taking water as around here it's usually very dry all the time. I followed the colony back to a big rock, I lifted it to fi...

Re: Captive breeding

 by formica123 ¦  Thu May 12, 2016 8:40 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Captive breeding ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 986

It was actually my step-brother who found them, he put them in a pot for me with some workers that he found off the top of a mound in Wyre Forest

Re: Captive breeding

 by formica123 ¦  Thu May 12, 2016 6:30 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Captive breeding ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 986

Today I collected Formica rufa alates at the mating flight, I put the males into one Petri dish, the queens in another. Then I introduced 1 queen to the male, and they instantly started to get excited. After about 20 seconds a male made a bear hug with the queen and I saw a connection. The queen is ...

Re: Letting my colony go.... Topic is solved

 by formica123 ¦  Thu May 12, 2016 9:37 am ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Letting my colony go.... Topic is solved ¦  Replies: 4 ¦  Views: 703

I would take them from you if you like. Where I'm going to be living they are native so the conditions would be right :)

Re: Fascinating

 by formica123 ¦  Wed May 11, 2016 4:08 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: Fascinating ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 1330

I saw your comments

Re: Fascinating

 by formica123 ¦  Wed May 11, 2016 4:07 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: Fascinating ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 1330

Occultus wrote:He won't budge from $2000 USD, he has given me hope of owning my dream ants someday.

You offered to buy them?

Captive breeding

 by formica123 ¦  Wed May 11, 2016 1:00 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: Captive breeding ¦  Replies: 6 ¦  Views: 986

As a lot of you know, captive breeding is a very hard thing to do. The conditions have to be just right, there has to be a large space (unless it's a very small species like temnothorax) and judging whether or not a queen has actually mated can be quite hard - as they remove their wings after a peri...

Re: Fascinating

 by formica123 ¦  Wed May 11, 2016 8:15 am ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: Fascinating ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 1330

SugarGliderDude wrote:Oh never mind, thought it was on your youtube channel... never mind LOL

Haha :laugh: :P

Re: Fascinating

 by formica123 ¦  Tue May 10, 2016 9:29 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: Fascinating ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 1330

Thought I'd share this. Just as a tip, please don't attempt to keep Dorylus in captivity unless they are native (so you can release them later on) or you have lots and lots of space. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gtWEgD0EGeU Edit: Just to avoid confusion, he is American and has moved to Africa :) s...

Fascinating

 by formica123 ¦  Tue May 10, 2016 9:28 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: Fascinating ¦  Replies: 14 ¦  Views: 1330

Thought I'd share this. Just as a tip, please don't attempt to keep Dorylus in captivity unless they are native (so you can release them later on) or you have lots and lots of space.

Re: Your formicariums

 by formica123 ¦  Thu May 05, 2016 9:56 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Your formicaria ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 267

Dan wrote:What's the nest part made of? That's class.

Concrete

Re: What camera to use?

 by formica123 ¦  Thu May 05, 2016 3:34 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: What camera to use? ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 1273

I use a canon d200

Your formicaria

 by formica123 ¦  Thu May 05, 2016 1:57 pm ¦  Forum: Formicaria ¦  Topic: Your formicaria ¦  Replies: 3 ¦  Views: 267

Hi guys, Post pictures of your favourite ant formicaria! Whether or not you made them doesn't matter, I just want to see all the great setups people have got going! I'll start us off. My friend made me this Harpegnathos Formicarium, but I don't know whether this counts, as I haven't received it yet!...

Re: Spring Project " Nardinest"

 by formica123 ¦  Thu May 05, 2016 9:18 am ¦  Forum: Formicaria Building Projects ¦  Topic: Spring Project " Nardinest" ¦  Replies: 25 ¦  Views: 747

While D.Gigas Nardinest dries, I start carve Linepithema Humilis nest. The nest is a 33x33x33 cube-shaped. The chambers should be enough for a while. Also planning the extension of the Nardinest. It is similar, but the chambers are up to, and it does not have arena. It could be mounted under the ac...

Re: DaveUnder's Formica Fusca colony

 by formica123 ¦  Mon May 02, 2016 9:31 pm ¦  Forum: Journals ¦  Topic: DaveUnder's Formica Fusca colony ¦  Replies: 24 ¦  Views: 2570

WOW! That was possibly one of the most interesting ant stories I've read in a long time :-D it's interesting how the Formica defeated the nigers, I would've thought it would be the other way. Then again Formica fusca do have Formica acid, a big advantage. Please keep us posted!

Re: ZSL Ant Conservation ~ The Red Barbed Ant

 by formica123 ¦  Mon May 02, 2016 7:35 pm ¦  Forum: General Ant Keeping ¦  Topic: ZSL Ant Conservation ~ The Red Barbed Ant ¦  Replies: 32 ¦  Views: 1911

I found Formica rufibarbis in France all over a plot of dry, humid land. But I've never seen them here in the uk

Re: Ponera cf. coarctata

 by formica123 ¦  Sun May 01, 2016 11:25 am ¦  Forum: Nortorn's Journals ¦  Topic: Ponera cf. coarctata ¦  Replies: 13 ¦  Views: 1464

Woah! What a fantastic colony! Loving their long shape. Very cool. I'm sure they will do well in your care :-) are these found only in Germany?

Re: 90 Queen Formica fusca colony

 by formica123 ¦  Sat Apr 30, 2016 10:37 am ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: 90 Queen Formica fusca colony ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 626

It's not mine I just found the video on YouTube haha

90 Queen Formica fusca colony

 by formica123 ¦  Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:11 am ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: 90 Queen Formica fusca colony ¦  Replies: 2 ¦  Views: 626

Formica fusca colony with 90 queens, fantastic!

Re: AntKit Photo Stream

 by formica123 ¦  Thu Apr 28, 2016 8:26 pm ¦  Forum: Photos and Videos ¦  Topic: AntKit Photo Stream ¦  Replies: 11 ¦  Views: 1164

ManicaLuca wrote:For Marco xx

Image

Wow, really slick. How would they have been heated? I can see why they would cost a lot to produce

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