My first attempt at a colony..

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ablindsniper
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My first attempt at a colony..

Post: # 5449Post ablindsniper
Sun Apr 24, 2016 12:14 am

Let me start this off by stating my wife is the one that found my queen April 16th. I had my reservations that it was a queen let alone fertile. I checked on her today and found she has two eggs.

idahoantgirl
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Re: My first attempt at a colony..

Post: # 5455Post idahoantgirl
Sun Apr 24, 2016 4:37 pm

ablindsniper wrote:Let me start this off by stating my wife is the one that found my queen April 16th. I had my reservations that it was a queen let alone fertile. I checked on her today and found she has two eggs.
Cool! What species is she? What nest do you plan to put her in?
Proverbs 6:6-11

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

ablindsniper
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Location: river rouge Michigan

Re: My first attempt at a colony..

Post: # 5459Post ablindsniper
Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:02 pm

My wife and I think she is Prenolepis imparis.. We have a little time before she needs to move out of the tube. We are considering our options for her new home. But I think we are going to make it..

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Re: My first attempt at a colony..

Post: # 5464Post Mdrogun
Mon Apr 25, 2016 10:09 am

I love Prenolepis imparis! They are a good find. I caught 5 queens at the beginning of the year but only 1 is alive right know. Hopefully she will be successful
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ablindsniper
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My first attempt at a colony.. My wife peeked...

Post: # 5465Post ablindsniper
Mon Apr 25, 2016 11:51 am

So my wife peeked today, I talked to her about not being impatient. But I took it as a moment to check on her.. My wife see's 7 eggs, but I think it's 6. I plan to wait until she has two or three workers before I get them to move to a fresh test tube with a drop of honey. Thanks for reading my posts, it's nice to know if I need a few tips you guys are there to help..

ablindsniper
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My first attempt at a colony.. ant bucket.

Post: # 5466Post ablindsniper
Mon Apr 25, 2016 12:05 pm

http://s1263.photobucket.com/user/mike_ ... t=3&page=1

Let me know if the link doesn't work..

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Voth24
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Re: My first attempt at a colony..

Post: # 5468Post Voth24
Mon Apr 25, 2016 3:56 pm

I'm new to ant-keeping myself, but it looks like Prenolepis imparis to me.

idahoantgirl
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Re: My first attempt at a colony..

Post: # 5469Post idahoantgirl
Mon Apr 25, 2016 4:01 pm

ablindsniper wrote:My wife and I think she is Prenolepis imparis.. We have a little time before she needs to move out of the tube. We are considering our options for her new home. But I think we are going to make it..
cool! When I was looking into making a nest I thought that this style of nest would be cool:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=slse_qq2SXU
It's made out of a simple bead organizer. If I were to make it I would probably cut the lid off and replace it with a piece of glass for better visibility and more escape proof. You can also make plaster of paris, grout, and ytong formicariums.
Proverbs 6:6-11

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

ablindsniper
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Joined: Fri Apr 22, 2016 9:34 am
Location: river rouge Michigan

My first attempt at a colony...

Post: # 5476Post ablindsniper
Tue Apr 26, 2016 1:07 am

This is a great idea for a new colony.. I'm going to totally try this, and my wife is on board (as long as they don't get out). I'll try to get it on video. I'm also going to start posting from my laptop.

idahoantgirl
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Location: Idaho, USA

Re: My first attempt at a colony...

Post: # 5478Post idahoantgirl
Tue Apr 26, 2016 12:21 pm

ablindsniper wrote:This is a great idea for a new colony.. I'm going to totally try this, and my wife is on board (as long as they don't get out). I'll try to get it on video. I'm also going to start posting from my laptop.
cool! Good luck!
Proverbs 6:6-11

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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