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by Helianthus
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Ant barrier for Lasius Niger?
Replies: 2
Views: 35

Re: Ant barrier for Lasius Niger?

If you want the best barrier, order some ByFormica Fluon. It's a little bit expensive, but a little bit lasts a long time.
The problem with Vaseline is that some ants can walk over it and others will stick dry materials on it making a pathway.
by Helianthus
Thu Feb 07, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Advice for Species and housing ideas for a future new colony owner?
Replies: 8
Views: 201

Re: Advice for Species and housing ideas for a future new colony owner?

Welcome to this crazy hobby, Tony. Unless you are going to buy queens, it really comes down to what you end up finding. I would highly recommend taking the time this winter to learn about nuptial flights in your area and trying to find whatever queens you can come spring. Keep in mind that even expl...
by Helianthus
Wed Feb 06, 2019 11:55 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Fungus in my formicarium
Replies: 2
Views: 61

Re: Fungus in my formicarium

You could try introducing spring tales to eat the fungus. I've seen someone do this successfully with a wood set up that had grown mold on it.
by Helianthus
Wed Jan 16, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: insect nest/terrarium to grow food supply for a lizard
Replies: 3
Views: 105

Re: insect nest/terrarium to grow food supply for a lizard

Great advice about all kinds of feeder insects here:
http://forum.formiculture.com/index.php/topic/747-how-to-culture-various-insects-and-feeders/
by Helianthus
Mon Jan 07, 2019 12:18 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Help with colony for 6 year old
Replies: 1
Views: 83

Re: Help with colony for 6 year old

That's great that your child loves insects. Definitely save your money! The cheapest route would be to spend the winter learning about how to find ant queens yourself for free. Depending on where you are located, I'm sure lots of people could give advice on when and where to find certain species. Th...
by Helianthus
Wed Dec 05, 2018 12:04 pm
Forum: Ant Journals, Videos, and Blogs
Topic: My two Crematogaster colonies journal
Replies: 6
Views: 598

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: 277

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: 396

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: 282

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: 282

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