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by Macatak
Mon Jul 23, 2018 8:27 am
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Myrmica rubra colony lifespan
Replies: 2
Views: 771

Re: Myrmica rubra colony lifespan

Thanks for the info and advice. There are several rubra nests near by so I will be able to try adding queens each year.
by Macatak
Mon Jul 16, 2018 6:54 am
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Myrmica rubra colony lifespan
Replies: 2
Views: 771

Myrmica rubra colony lifespan

Quick question, but I read that a myrmica rubra has a lifespan of 2-3 years. If this is the case how long does a a captive colony last? I understand that in the wild queens are replaced by other queens following nuptial flights as the species are polygynous. But how can this happen in a captive setup?
by Macatak
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:45 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Combining fusca queens
Replies: 5
Views: 682

Re: Combining fusca queens

Thanks batspiderfish, I’ll definitley be keeping them separate, given the advice on here as I’ve no interest in harming them.
by Macatak
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:42 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Niger or flavus??
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Re: Niger or flavus??

That’s interesting, these have yellow/orange legs.
by Macatak
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:29 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Niger or flavus??
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Re: Niger or flavus??

Thanks for the response, I think you are right and it was a trick of the light that highlighted the bands more.

Thanks again for your help
by Macatak
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:27 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Combining fusca queens
Replies: 5
Views: 682

Re: Combining fusca queens

Cheers, I’ll keep them separate then as I don’t want either to come to harm needlessly. I guess I could sell the one in a year or so 👍🏻

Thanks for the advice
by Macatak
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:37 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Combining fusca queens
Replies: 5
Views: 682

Combining fusca queens

Can I please get some advice on this subject please as I’ve found it very difficult to get a definitive answer through research. I have two fusca queens in test tube set ups and both have laid their first batch of eggs. I know these are a polygynous species and i only have space for one fornicarium ...
by Macatak
Fri Jul 13, 2018 2:34 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Niger or flavus??
Replies: 5
Views: 767

Niger or flavus??

I found this queen along with around 15 others after a niger nuptial. Whilst it’s not massively clear in the picture it is different to the rest in that it has distinct yellow bands around it’s gastor compared to the others. Otherwise size location and time were the same. Having never caught one bef...
by Macatak
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:44 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen id please
Replies: 2
Views: 345

Re: Queen id please

Forgot to say this was caught in early July in Suffolk England. Apologies for the pic quality I used my phones camera.
by Macatak
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:38 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen id please
Replies: 2
Views: 345

Queen id please

Hi, first time posting and first year collecting ants :D I think this is a fusca queen but having difficulty discerning lasius niger from fuscas. Any assistance would be really appreciated. Image