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Re: Short Questions - Short Answers

Unread postPosted:Wed Nov 08, 2017 11:58 am
by Adam.ant
Need some advice asap, my manica queen died, will the 4 workers and brood accept a new queen if I buy one??

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers

Unread postPosted:Thu Nov 09, 2017 5:29 pm
by MoonAnts
Can I use an Antkit nest for Solenopsis fugax? I‘m scared they‘ll squeeze through the airholes. I want to give my colony a new nest after hibernation because they’re growing pretty quickly. The sawtooth adapter will be glued to the nest with reusable glue aka. I can remove it without disturbing the ants.

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers

Unread postPosted:Thu Nov 09, 2017 9:44 pm
by Serafine
If you buy 0.2mm mesh (antstore has that, 0.2mm 10x20cm aluminum grid) and glue it over the holes (use aquarium silicone) I'd say yes.

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers

Unread postPosted:Fri Dec 08, 2017 5:37 pm
by antybob
I have put them away in a cupboard, but it is pretty chilly! Definitely not freezing (its in the house) but it is cold.
Can it be too cold, assuming it never freezes?

milant wrote:Rubra hibernate around 10 degrees C and lasius around 5 degrees C. Put them in boxes filled with newspaper. Colonies that size the water will likely last the entire hibernation but just check on them at back end of December to make sure they’re ok

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers

Unread postPosted:Sat Feb 03, 2018 11:04 pm
by Cyrus01
So I can’t find an answer for this anywhere. When bringing UK species of ants out of hibernation do I need to gradually increase the temperature or can I just take them out?
They are currently at 8° C, can I just bring them into the house where they will be at 20° C, Or should the temperature be raised slowly over the next week?


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Re: Short Questions - Short Answers

Unread postPosted:Tue Feb 13, 2018 4:35 pm
by BigdaveT117
I have camponotus herculeanus and was wondering if they would eat Earthworms. any one have any experience feeding earthworms to there ants?

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers

Unread postPosted:Wed Feb 14, 2018 11:29 pm
by Fred22
I generally would advice against earthworms in my opinion. However some people may say otherwise.

Re: Lasius Niger Beginner Help

Unread postPosted:Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:59 pm
by Antscanada73
Quick question can you feed lasuis niger other lasuis niger queen's that have recently died but the queens haven't died to disease

Re: Lasius Niger Beginner Help

Unread postPosted:Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:29 pm
by Goldfish.13
Yes that shouldn't be a problem

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers

Unread postPosted:Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:11 am
by Dan
Antscanada73 wrote:Quick question can you feed lasuis niger other lasuis niger queen's that have recently died but the queens haven't died to disease

TBH I wouldn't recommend it, couldn't even guarantee she'd eat it, maybe just throw out the dead queen and feed the live one other sterilised insects.

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers

Unread postPosted:Sat Aug 11, 2018 8:12 pm
by Aardvark
I have just received a Lasius niger queen with eggs. I have protein shakes on hand, but I understand that boiled insects are the traditional protein source. Bugs are easy to catch right now with the warm weather, which has me wondering: could I freeze some to use as a protein source later in the year?

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers

Unread postPosted:Wed Aug 22, 2018 3:24 am
by Serafine
Sort of. After a while they will dry out and become uninteresting for the ants. You can also give them wet cat food as a part of their diet. Also when it's getting cold outside the ants should hibernate anyway which completely omits the problem of having to feed them until it's getting warmer again.

lasius niger hirbernating

Unread postPosted:Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:18 pm
by ukantkeeper
how do you hirbernate lasius niger queens

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers

Unread postPosted:Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:48 pm
by AaronT
How many mealworms would you feed a 1000 Messor barbarus colony (per week) that have readily available access to seeds and water?

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers

Unread postPosted:Mon Jan 14, 2019 9:16 am
by Frodo240203
Hi everyone, this is my very first time keeping ants. Attached below is the image of the formicarium I’ve ordered along with a Camponotus japonicus colony with 100 workers. When I water the nest area below the open area, am I supposed to just pour water through the watering holes and completely soak the porous material? Or how much do I pour down the watering holes? Or am I just supposed to leave test tubes with water and cotton in the open area?
Thanks in advance!
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Formicarium

Re: Short Questions - Short Answers

Unread postPosted:Tue Jan 15, 2019 11:13 am
by david taylor
Hi I'm new to ant keeping and im just wondering if I am able to use a citronella candle in my room as there a ton of mosquitos around atm. If not how does every one else deal with mosquitos.
thanks.