Collecting ant colonies from the wild?

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Ovaljim
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Collecting ant colonies from the wild?

Post: # 37050Post Ovaljim
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:13 am

Is it possible to collect an ant colony fron the wild by leaving a pre made nest outside, and wait for them to move in to it?

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Re: Collecting ant colonies from the wild?

Post: # 37076Post Batspiderfish
Thu Jun 07, 2018 2:24 pm

Unlikely. Living underground is far preferable.
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

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Re: Collecting ant colonies from the wild?

Post: # 37568Post antnest8
Wed Jun 13, 2018 5:25 am

yes just because the ants can dig their own tunnels. they can choose the right humidity and they have spring tails and other cleaners to help them and their nest stay clean
keeper of
2 lasius umbratus/neoniger colony
1 queen colony of prenolepis
3 C. pennsylvanicus
3 C novaeboracensis
1 Myrmica queen
1 tapinoma sessile colony

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Re: Collecting ant colonies from the wild?

Post: # 37617Post Ovaljim
Wed Jun 13, 2018 12:47 pm

I am aware of this, but in AntsCanada's video, the Fire Nations' queen preferred the formicarium instead of the dirt bin

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Re: Collecting ant colonies from the wild?

Post: # 37661Post PTasker15
Wed Jun 13, 2018 7:41 pm

Ovaljim wrote:
Thu Jun 07, 2018 1:13 am
Is it possible to collect an ant colony fron the wild by leaving a pre made nest outside, and wait for them to move in to it?
Yes.Make Sure You Dig Up Queen,Brood,And As Many Of The Workers And Soldiers As You Can.
Alternativly Flip Stones And The Queen Will Be At The Top With Brood Workers Soldiers.Be Carefull With Small Species.
Colonies:
1 Tetramourium Binarcairtum
1 Crematogaster Biroi
Founding:
3 Camponotus Deciepens
7 Camponotus Ceastenus
14 Brachymyrmex Patagonica
6 Psudomyrmex Graccilis
1 Hypoponera Sp
2 Cyphromyrmex Sp.
Dream Species-Atta Texana

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Re: Collecting ant colonies from the wild?

Post: # 37693Post antnest8
Thu Jun 14, 2018 5:29 am

When do you find queens at the top of nests?
keeper of
2 lasius umbratus/neoniger colony
1 queen colony of prenolepis
3 C. pennsylvanicus
3 C novaeboracensis
1 Myrmica queen
1 tapinoma sessile colony

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