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by NKantsalberta
Mon Jun 22, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Young ant colony
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Re: Young ant colony

Thanks, that's good to hear, so it'll be about three years before they grow massively? That seems like a long time, their brood pile is quite large, I would expect them to have about thirty ants in two months. 3 years has been the average time I have experienced before large growth. Obviously it va...
by NKantsalberta
Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:14 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Multi-Queen Lasius Flavis
Replies: 2
Views: 68

Re: Multi-Queen Lasius Flavis

Keep us posted on updates! I am interested in the success of the 3 queens together.
by NKantsalberta
Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:12 pm
Forum: AntsCanada Gear Packs & Complete Starter Kits
Topic: Reviews for lasius 'all you need' starter kit
Replies: 1
Views: 53

Re: Reviews for lasius 'all you need' starter kit

In my experience with Lasius, you won't need more than just a tube and portal set-up for the first 2-3 years. For pre-planning, it will most likely be all you ever need, until an expansion nest is needed depending on how fast your specific colony grows.
by NKantsalberta
Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:09 pm
Forum: Ant Diet & Nutrition
Topic: About protein sources
Replies: 3
Views: 92

Re: About protein sources

I have seen this debated among users in other forums and face book groups. It seems 50/50 positive to negative. The largest debate is on whether or not ants can actually process/digest the specific proteins/sugars in dairy. I have no personal experience, and I most likely won't attempt it until I ha...
by NKantsalberta
Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:04 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Immobilized ant
Replies: 1
Views: 76

Re: Immobilized ant

So this may sound crazy but a few days ago one of the new workers looked brownish but the other ants were black so I thought it was still drying out,so I left it for a day and came back to an ant that was Still brown and couldn’t really walk.all it did was just laying beside the queen,yesterday it ...
by NKantsalberta
Sun Jun 21, 2020 2:00 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Why aren’t my ants coming out
Replies: 1
Views: 300

Re: Why aren’t my ants coming out

Hi there, I am not sure of the behaviors of that specific species, but it seems normal for a small colony. They will only venture out enough to find what they need, then return to the nest. It is a survival strategy in most species when numbers and resource stores are low, each ant is valuable. The ...
by NKantsalberta
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:55 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Lasius Nearcticus
Replies: 1
Views: 45

Re: Lasius Nearcticus

Hello! Just keep her warm , dark and undisturbed and she should do fine. A small dab of honey before her hibernation in the fall. Expect no workers until next spring, but that varies between individual queens and species. Once workers arrive, a very small amount of honey and a small portion of a mea...
by NKantsalberta
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Young ant colony
Replies: 4
Views: 216

Re: Young ant colony

That seems completely normal. Remember that Mikey Bustos keeps tropical ants. They are explosive and extremely active. I have 2 lasius colonies that are 2 years old now with only 10 ish workers, and they still mainly stay in their test tube. They only venture out to feed every few days. They each ha...
by NKantsalberta
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Queen with wing?
Replies: 1
Views: 196

Re: Queen with wing?

Given that she has workers and not males she will be fertilized and fine. Just ensure they are fed well once workers arrive. If you notice she starts consuming her own eggs in the mean time, feed her a small amount of honey. Removing wings is basically only for ease of movement under ground. I have ...
by NKantsalberta
Sun Jun 21, 2020 1:33 pm
Forum: The AntsCanada Ant Main Forums
Topic: Dual Queen Identification
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Re: Dual Queen Identification

Hello! So it is for sure a Formica species, but I cannot ID further nor help with their behaviours. In my experience, I have only kept single queen formica colonies, and the queen tends to lay twice a year. (in Canada with hibernation period) I keep all my colonies between 80-85F during the day with...