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by LazarusAC
Sat Dec 02, 2017 8:11 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Hibernation temperature question
Replies: 5
Views: 144

Re: Hibernation temperature question

Well it seems that nobody has tried going the route of a cooler and Ice Packs but I'm gonna try so wish me luck. I have a thermometer in the cooler and started with smaller ice packs for now which is already near -10 deg. C. I'll be putting a larger pack starting tomorrow. From testing I've done for...
by LazarusAC
Tue Nov 28, 2017 9:12 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: One Queen dead. Can I merge with other founding colony?
Replies: 5
Views: 167

Re: One Queen dead. Can I merge with other founding colony?

I ended up boosting the brood, which the colony with the Queen quickly took up the brood. I still have the queenless ants in a tube and have been feeding them. Perhaps I should try to introduce one ant and see if they accept it. If it works I could inrtoduce one at a time. But most sites and informa...
by LazarusAC
Sun Nov 26, 2017 8:20 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Hibernation temperature question
Replies: 5
Views: 144

Re: Hibernation temperature question

Here up North (I'm in Ottawa, Canada) ants dig deep underground (~4 feet) so that when the freezing temperatures comes around they are isolated from the cold. They can sustain temperates that are cold (~10 deg. C) but certainly not freezing. My garage is unheated so It's perhaps a degree or two warm...
by LazarusAC
Sat Nov 25, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Hibernation temperature question
Replies: 5
Views: 144

Hibernation temperature question

I can't seem to find a location within my house where I can get within the required temperature range say at least 10 deg. celsius or lower. What happens if I keep them at around 15 degrees? Will that mean they actually don't go into hibernation mode and just remain cold? Is that better or worse tha...
by LazarusAC
Sun Nov 05, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Ytong in canada
Replies: 2
Views: 134

Re: Ytong in canada

Same here in Ottawa. I know it is aerated concrete, but cannot find any.
by LazarusAC
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:36 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: One Queen dead. Can I merge with other founding colony?
Replies: 5
Views: 167

One Queen dead. Can I merge with other founding colony?

Help! I have two Lasius founding colonies in separate test tubes and the queen died in one of them. Both queens were caught the same day and the same general location. They were caught mid August. If I bridge the two test tubes will the workers with the dead queen join the living queen and her brood...
by LazarusAC
Fri Oct 20, 2017 3:10 pm
Forum: Ant Meetups, Events, and Clubs
Topic: Ant keepers from southwestern ontario
Replies: 5
Views: 264

Re: Ant keepers from southwestern ontario

Ottawa here. New to the hobby but already 6 founding colonies, 4 Camponotus Novaeboracensis and 2 Lasius sp. Smallest colony has 9 workers, largest has 16. Was hoping to trade one of the Camponutus for another new species so that I have more variety, but with hibernation season just around the corne...