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by Helianthus
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Ant Journals, Videos, and Blogs
Topic: My two Crematogaster colonies journal
Replies: 5
Views: 338

Re: My two Crematogaster colonies journal

Any updates?
I caught three queens here in Virginia on September 6th. I currently have all three in test tubes hibernating at 46 degrees. They've been in hibernation for almost six weeks now.
Are you hibernating your queens now?
by Helianthus
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:32 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: First year for diapause
Replies: 4
Views: 154

Re: First year for diapause

Woah. Are they still alive after -16? I wouldn't advise risking your hard work with such low temps. Is there a mini-fridge or somewhere more insulated you could put them like a cold closet or basement?
by Helianthus
Thu Oct 04, 2018 1:34 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: DIY Formicarium
Replies: 4
Views: 223

Re: DIY Formicarium

You can order good containers from the containerstore.com
Ikea godmorgan boxes could also work.
Another option is to go on Amazon or eBay looking for small fish tanks like they use for beta fish.
by Helianthus
Mon Sep 03, 2018 8:59 am
Forum: Nuptial Flight Schedules and Sightings
Topic: Crematogaster flight!
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Re: Crematogaster flight!

I had three containers on me, so I caught three. I'm praying at least one will make it through hibernation.
Can anyone give advice on how to handle them? I put all three in TT setups with a drop of honey on their cotton. I guess I'll wait till October or so and then transfer the gals into the fridge.
by Helianthus
Sun Sep 02, 2018 2:58 pm
Forum: Nuptial Flight Schedules and Sightings
Topic: Crematogaster flight!
Replies: 3
Views: 179

Crematogaster flight!

Hi!
I biked out to my favorite marina here on the outskirts of Washington DC and found four crematogaster queens crawling on my picnic table. We had big rains Friday and Saturday night. So stoked!

-Antdrew
by Helianthus
Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:16 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Ants moved into snail shell. Help!
Replies: 4
Views: 149

Re: Ants moved into snail shell. Help!

Thanks! He had recently got them moved out of a moldy tube into a clean one, so that rules out mold or drying. I think the opening was too big then. I guess he should just wait till the shell dries out and the ants move on their own back into a tube? Would having a straw opening in the tube help enc...
by Helianthus
Sat Aug 18, 2018 8:58 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Ants moved into snail shell. Help!
Replies: 4
Views: 149

Ants moved into snail shell. Help!

So, I gave my brother a first year colony of tetramorium ants. They are in a TT set-up placed in an acrylic box as an outworld. His four-year old son placed a snail shell in the outworld while he was at work, and now they moved the whole colony into it. What should he do??
by Helianthus
Sun Aug 05, 2018 8:46 pm
Forum: Nuptial Flight Schedules and Sightings
Topic: Neoniger tips
Replies: 1
Views: 130

Neoniger tips

Hi,
Can anyone offer tips on finding l. neoniger queens like time of day, weather conditions, etc. Thanks!
by Helianthus
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Ant Diet & Nutrition
Topic: Feeding earthworms??
Replies: 11
Views: 548

Feeding earthworms??

Simple question: why do I never read about people feeding earthworms to ants? I see them eating them on the sidwalk all the time.
by Helianthus
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:06 pm
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: ants aphid tenders and plant species
Replies: 7
Views: 444

Re: ants aphid tenders and plant species

Partridge pea is way undervalued! I wish more people knew about it and valued it.

The other native I wanted to mention is rudbeckia hirta, a biennial blackeyed susan. It always harbors aphids for ants.