Failing in ant keeping

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Re: Failing in ant keeping

Post: # 15951Post zpiter
Tue Jan 10, 2017 5:16 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
zpiter wrote:
Batspiderfish wrote:

Ok, so following this link, your ants are:
Camponotus sp.
Odontomachus sp.

I can't really make an attempt at the final ant(s?), the ones with wings, without a measurement in millimeters. I can at least tell that she is fully-claustral and from the Formicinae subfamily (like Camponotus).

Camponotus can be sensitive ants, and sometimes they just won't lay eggs. There are certain species in my area that will lay eggs right away, and some species which I have never been able to get started. You just have to wait and hope for the best.

Your Odontomachus queen is a semi-claustral ant, so she needs access to foraging space and small, soft-bodied insects to start a colony (i.e. cricket nymphs or vinegar flies.)
The last photo is the Nylanderia sp. Very common ant in Singapore. Easy to keep and fast growing.
What is your criteria for determining this without a measurement?
Like other post on pheidole sp which I mention before, I caught way too many of those small sp of ants. I have dozen colonies of Nylanderia in the past six months, and I check on them daily.
I believe I am able to ID one without measurement. :)
Singapore Ant Keeper
Keeper of Nylanderia sp., Camponotus albosparsus and Camponotus importunus.
Hopefully will be keeper of Carebara diversus
and soon to be keeper of Pheidole sp.

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Re: Failing in ant keeping

Post: # 15957Post Benjamin
Wed Jan 11, 2017 4:24 am

Oh, I'm so sorry for not including the measurement. The queen in the last picture is 4-5mm in length.

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