New Solenopsis Colony

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New Solenopsis Colony

Post: # 30880Post MadVampy
Sun Sep 03, 2017 8:55 pm

Here's a few pics of the new Solenopsis colony I just moved into a Omni Nest large. Just gave them some honey. The first one is the group feeding after the sisters let them know they found honey. These are macro lens pics via my iPhone. the last one you can see the tension on the skin of the honey to the ants mouth.

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Re: New Solenopsis Colony

Post: # 31092Post Brentywenty
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:24 am

WOW, really nice. I can't have that species where I live. I also have a question: are you like never affraid of them escaping them and the next morning you wake up covered in fire ants. And for how long do you already have this colony?
Ants: such small, such difference they make! :shock:

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Re: New Solenopsis Colony

Post: # 31130Post MadVampy
Sun Sep 10, 2017 3:01 am

Brentywenty wrote:
Sat Sep 09, 2017 5:24 am
WOW, really nice. I can't have that species where I live. I also have a question: are you like never affraid of them escaping them and the next morning you wake up covered in fire ants. And for how long do you already have this colony?
Not worried on bit, the one thing with Solenopsis is that all my enclosures and nests are 100% sealed. For air vents I use a very fine mesh I ordered so no ant can get thru it. Feeding time the out worlds are lined with both alcohol and baby powder mix and Vaseline so I don't have an issue with them trying to escape when I open the top of the out world.

This colony is relativity young, maybe 4-5 months old.
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Re: New Solenopsis Colony

Post: # 31148Post Brentywenty
Sun Sep 10, 2017 9:02 am

So you caught the queen in the really early nuptial flight season. I only catched all my queens in the last months. It's also my first year, so... But I wish you many luck with the colony, and I hope it doesn't die because of mites or mold. ;) Did you have any other colonies or have any other colonies because I'd really like to know.

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