My first attempt at a colony..

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Re: My first attempt at a colony..

Post: # 5497Post ablindsniper
Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:56 pm

The queen is dead.. One of my cats found the tube and pulled out the cotton. I guess it's back to the drawing board.. I have more time to get my stuff together..
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Re: My first attempt at a colony..

Post: # 5498Post MadVampy
Wed Apr 27, 2016 11:32 pm

Sorry to hear that. Yea cats are very curious and that's for sure if they see something move.
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Re: My first attempt at a colony..

Post: # 5503Post ablindsniper
Thu Apr 28, 2016 7:00 pm

I bought and cut a few PVC pipe 1" longer than the test tubes to provide the dark and hide them from the cats.. If I find another winter ant queen I'll put her in the pantry (no pets zone).
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My first attempt at a colony.. Holy Cow!!

Post: # 5516Post ablindsniper
Fri Apr 29, 2016 8:18 pm

Holy Cow! I bought a jewelers lens to get a better view of the queen.. It turns out she's not dead but she is injured. I'll still try to get another queen, I'm going to try for a carpenter. My wife is allergic to stinging insects..
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Re: My first attempt at a colony.. Holy Cow!!

Post: # 5517Post MadVampy
Fri Apr 29, 2016 9:16 pm

ablindsniper wrote:Holy Cow! I bought a jewelers lens to get a better view of the queen.. It turns out she's not dead but she is injured. I'll still try to get another queen, I'm going to try for a carpenter. My wife is allergic to stinging insects..

Yes that's something you have to take into consideration when picking your ant species to keep. I have Solenopsis (fire ant) and they sting and are very aggressive, but I don't mind them at all.
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Re: My first attempt at a colony..

Post: # 5518Post ablindsniper
Fri Apr 29, 2016 11:41 pm

"Vampy"
I'm just starting to get into ant keeping as a question (or to any person reading this) I live in Michigan (river rouge). Just how many different types of ants could I find around me. I've been looking and I'm getting different conflicting information. Any recommendations for a starter??
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Re: My first attempt at a colony..

Post: # 5527Post MadVampy
Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:00 pm

ablindsniper wrote:"Vampy"
I'm just starting to get into ant keeping as a question (or to any person reading this) I live in Michigan (river rouge). Just how many different types of ants could I find around me. I've been looking and I'm getting different conflicting information. Any recommendations for a starter??
This might help you a little. It's all the bugs in the state of Michigan

http://www.insectidentification.org/insects-by-state.asp?thisState=Michigan

This link can be used to help Identify a species

http://www.jcehrlich.com/ants/species/

From the first link it looks like:
Carpenter Ant - (Camponotus spp.)
Black Carpenter Ant - (Camponotus pennsylvanicus)
Formica Ant - (Formica spp.)
Red Pavement Ant - (Tetramorium caespitum)
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Re: My first attempt at a colony..

Post: # 18258Post ablindsniper
Sun Mar 19, 2017 3:44 am

It's been months since I've posted anything else on my queen.. she ate her eggs, but that was in September.. as of now there are 7 workers and she's doing great. She's stubborn and won't move in to a new test tube! I need to clean the one there in, but instead there treating the second tube like it's an out world. So I'm bending to her will and I just change the other tube and give them food in it. If I can find my macro lense I'll get some pictures and post a link to a photo bucket or make a YouTube video. Hope everyone's colony's are doing well...
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Re: My first attempt at a colony..

Post: # 18259Post Nathant
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:04 am

Any ant in the subfamily Formicinae should not sting. ;)

Really jealous of your imparis. Here in MA we are still getting snow.

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Re: My first attempt at a colony..

Post: # 18260Post Martialis
Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:17 am

Nathant wrote:
Sun Mar 19, 2017 7:04 am
Any ant in the subfamily Formicinae should not sting. ;)

Really jealous of your imparis. Here in MA we are still getting snow.
Dolicihoderinae too.
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Formica sp.

Tetramorium caespitum

Camponotus chromaiodes

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