Can you please make a Lasius Youtube tutorial?

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Serafine
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Can you please make a Lasius Youtube tutorial?

Post: # 13338Post Serafine
Fri Oct 07, 2016 2:11 pm

Like title says. That would be awesome.
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Re: Can you please make a Lasius Youtube tutorial?

Post: # 13345Post Batspiderfish
Fri Oct 07, 2016 4:36 pm

What do you want to know about them?
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Rules & Requirements for Identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=292

How to take pictures for identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2167

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Re: Can you please make a Lasius Youtube tutorial?

Post: # 13357Post Serafine
Fri Oct 07, 2016 6:26 pm

Well, I found some stuff and even a sort of "care sheet" for Lasius niger but some questions remain.

How fast does the colony grow? (year 1, year2, year 3)
What should/can I feed them? Would they accept cooked meat as a protein source? (getting a single mealworm for a small colony is almost impossible, they only sell them in large packs) Do they eat warm eggs/egg yolk or nuts?
Do they need a digging medium? (I would offer them small stone pebbles so they can customize the nest, anything else that would be good?)

Also, I just love to watch the AC youtube tutorials :D
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Re: Can you please make a Lasius Youtube tutorial?

Post: # 13358Post Batspiderfish
Fri Oct 07, 2016 7:06 pm

How long it takes for a colony to grow to a certain size depends on a lot of variables, and the wide ranges you end up with make the predictions kinda pointless.

You don't buy single mealworms, you buy them in packs and give them to your ants periodically. For ant-keeping, it is best to try and raise the mealworms yourself, as these will be much healthier and more nutritious. Mine eat wingless fruit flies.

Lasius do not need a substrate, but do benefit from it, particularly when it comes to controlling mold in their own nest.

I hope that helps. AntsCanada has a lot of Lasius content on their youtube channel.
Links:
Rules & Requirements for Identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=292

How to take pictures for identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2167

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Re: Can you please make a Lasius Youtube tutorial?

Post: # 13523Post Serafine
Mon Oct 10, 2016 1:24 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:How long it takes for a colony to grow to a certain size depends on a lot of variables, and the wide ranges you end up with make the predictions kinda pointless.
I do know that colony growth is extremely dependent on circumstances.
I just wanted a general idea - I don't think they will explode like Solenopsis but they won't grow as slow as Camponotus either. A bit slower than Tetramorium?
Batspiderfish wrote:You don't buy single mealworms, you buy them in packs and give them to your ants periodically. For ant-keeping, it is best to try and raise the mealworms yourself, as these will be much healthier and more nutritious. Mine eat wingless fruit flies.
Can I freeze the worms?
What about ant jelly? Is it any good or are insects better?
What about cooked meat (like cooked chicken or beef)?
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