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mallonje
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Joined: Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:55 pm
Location: Massachusetts

Hello from Massachusetts!

Post: # 35117Post mallonje
Sun Apr 15, 2018 4:52 pm

I am completely new to the hobby.

I had made my own farm back when I was a kid - it was a cocktail olive jar inside a peanut butter jar with sand and about 40 or so worker sugar ants. I recall that setup lasted for almost a year. This led to an interest in keeping insects as pets: various stick bugs, tarantulas, and scorpions, all culminating in the straw that broke my mother's back - madagascar hissing cockroaches.

I stumbled upon AntsCanada while surfing YouTube for science videos out of boredom one snow day and now the kids and I are very interestested in raising local native species this summer.

We've already seen one nuptial flight, and have found some males. But no queens yet.

Any advice is always accepted and would be greatly appreciated.

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antnest8
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Location: michigan

Re: Hello from Massachusetts!

Post: # 35139Post antnest8
Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:18 pm

queens can be found walking on sidewalks and looking at water sources like birdbaths, pools and here is one i just heard, the condensation on cars in the morning :lol:

also some words from my failure :lol: . if you plan on keeping only one or a few colonies of ants. don't release extra queens/colonies until the colony you want to keep is mature (20-50 ants depending on species). just in case a sudden decline of a colony just in case they can not recover

and WELCOME :D
almost one year of ant keeping :D

keeping:
a restarting camponotus queen
one crematogaster queen
and a bunch of lasius umbratus queens (to lazy to count them all) :lol:

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