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by NKantsalberta
Fri Sep 14, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Camponotus Novaeboracensis hibernation
Replies: 0
Views: 42

Camponotus Novaeboracensis hibernation

Hello! I have three queens with brood (eggs and small larvae) the brood size has not changed and I am nearing hibernation here in Alberta... Will the brood survive the winter? Do you think the brood is dead? First egg clutch was in early June none have pupated yet. All three queens are still active ...
by NKantsalberta
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:30 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Advice for Formicarium
Replies: 10
Views: 308

Re: Advice for Formicarium

Well, working on the formacarium Im not too happy with it. The gaps in the front concerns me that they can burrow through it. I decided to start over, so that there are no gaps. But on that note, what you are saying is that those entrances are enough for air to circulate in? That would be the only ...
by NKantsalberta
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Advice for Formicarium
Replies: 10
Views: 308

Re: Advice for Formicarium

Less airflow is better inside the nest for sure. All in all i would say this is a good size for your ants given they are a mature colony, you may even need to go bigger in a couple years if they get too crowded.
by NKantsalberta
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:39 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: need advice on how to move a queen out of a test tube.
Replies: 3
Views: 139

Re: need advice on how to move a queen out of a test tube.

If you have another test tube, what i have done is tape (small strip just to keep them together) a clean set up to the dirty one (after removing the cotton blocker). cover the new tube and expose the dirty one to light. Worked with one of my Formica, my camponotus however prefers the dirty tube and ...
by NKantsalberta
Fri Aug 10, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Advice for Formicarium
Replies: 10
Views: 308

Re: Advice for Formicarium

I'm fairly certain camponotus will chew through the Styrofoam, so I would suggest a glass/ similar hard surface to place over the nest portion. If the grout you used does not absorb water, you will need to ensure you moisten the nest more often. However, I am pretty sure camponotus prefer a drier en...
by NKantsalberta
Wed Aug 08, 2018 2:37 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Founding queen eggs not growing
Replies: 2
Views: 150

Re: Founding queen eggs not growing

I've had a C. Herculeanus queen for around 7 weeks and a L. Niger queen for 3 weeks. Both queens have laid eggs and i check on the every week. The thing that is weird is that the eggs have not grown in size at all. I heard that the eggs dont grow untill they become larvae, but i dont know if they a...
by NKantsalberta
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Nuptial Flight Schedules and Sightings
Topic: Lasius flights Alberta , Canada
Replies: 2
Views: 163

Re: Lasius flights Alberta , Canada

Anyone in Alberta see or find any lasius alates? Ive found the odd dead winged queen around the last few days but no live ones or males or serious nest activity They usually fly on mass in late August, so hardly anyone finds them in July. Oh I know, ive just never seen so many random and dead alate...
by NKantsalberta
Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:38 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: ants aphid tenders and plant species
Replies: 7
Views: 309

Re: ants aphid tenders and plant species

The second photo is as close up as I can get without horrible glare. You can see the small white aphids clustered on the bottom edge of the lower root. Unfortunately there were no workers present at the time of the photo (this was taken a few days ago). Keeping in mind there are only about 12 worker...
by NKantsalberta
Sun Aug 05, 2018 5:24 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Myrmica rubra habitat
Replies: 4
Views: 145

Re: Myrmica rubra habitat

Hi there. I was considering acquiring a Myrmica colony with about 50-ish workers supporting 2 queens. For this I am considering acquiring a terrarium. My question would be if anyone knows whether Myrmica ants can climb over talcum barriers when these are applied over the silicone keeping the glass ...
by NKantsalberta
Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: ants aphid tenders and plant species
Replies: 7
Views: 309

Re: ants aphid tenders and plant species

I have recently moved my myrimica colony into an out world. I made a raised "garden" area where i planted some small dandilions which had a small colony of subterranian aphids already living among the roots. Within 12 hours of introducing my myrmicas to the out world, they had dug in and found the ...