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by UnrealSparks
Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:45 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen or male?
Replies: 8
Views: 148

Re: Queen or male?

I think it might be a Lasius niger queen, but im not sure. PS: sry if im posting this wrong somehow, im new to this forum. Don't worry, you posted correctly. Oh, and welcome to the forum! ;) But be careful, Lasius Niger is more of a european species, and the queens look like this https://www.antski...
by UnrealSparks
Sat Apr 06, 2019 5:40 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen or male?
Replies: 8
Views: 148

Re: Queen or male?

All good. It was alive yesterday but I’m trying to leave it alone so it doesn’t get stressed out. I’ve been doing some research and I believe it is a Solenopsis xyloni queen. Someone please correct me if I’m wrong I'm not an expert in IDing, but: 1) That surely is a queen (males usually have a poin...
by UnrealSparks
Wed Apr 03, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: New Queen Messor Barbarus help
Replies: 16
Views: 526

Re: New Queen Messor Barbarus help

Hunter36o wrote:
Wed Apr 03, 2019 6:13 am
Ah my mistake, I took it up as you sealed it completely. Apologies for that. In that case the tape method is perfect. :)
You don't have to apologize, I'm thankful you brought that up, otherwise I would have missed the detail! :)
by UnrealSparks
Wed Apr 03, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: New Queen Messor Barbarus help
Replies: 16
Views: 526

Re: New Queen Messor Barbarus help

First prepare a new and fresh test tube. After that attach it to the old one (I usually use a bit of tape to hold them together). This works but personally I find you have to check on them more often to make sure they do not suffocate. This is purely my personal preference but I use rubber tubing a...
by UnrealSparks
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: New Queen Messor Barbarus help
Replies: 16
Views: 526

Re: New Queen Messor Barbarus help

The best way to move her to a new test tube is: First prepare a new and fresh test tube. After that attach it to the old one (I usually use a bit of tape to hold them together). Then cover the new one to make it dark, while shine a bright light on the dry one. It may take a bit of time, but the quee...
by UnrealSparks
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen ant ID please :)
Replies: 7
Views: 334

Re: Queen ant ID please :)

I don't think you noticed, but he wrote this at the end of the first post:
Found in Sydney Australia during October. Approximately 6mm in length (not including wings). Thanks in advance!
It's all good though. ;)
by UnrealSparks
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Heat mats after hibernation
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Re: Heat mats after hibernation

That sounds ok to me. I put a heat cable under my ants a few days after bringing them out of hibernation. The only issue I had was putting the cable too close to the water in their test tubes, which caused a lot of condensation and drowned ants. Once I moved the cable away, the condensation stopped...
by UnrealSparks
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Heat mats after hibernation
Replies: 2
Views: 103

Heat mats after hibernation

Is it okay to set up heat mats just after (a couple of days) the ants have waken up from hibernation? Last year I used to have a silicone tube attached to my Messor formicarium. This tube was blocked at the end by a cotton ball and a portion of it was going through a folded heat mat. The ants loved ...
by UnrealSparks
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Should I end hibernation?
Replies: 6
Views: 165

Re: Should I end hibernation?

If they all had the surgery water that would be a good sign for me that they are ready for a new year of colony growth. As for your fridges ants it would be best to slowly bring them up as the fridge would have been consistent with its lower temperature. Check on them after one day tho because the ...
by UnrealSparks
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Caught a Crematogaster queen
Replies: 11
Views: 238

Re: Caught a Crematogaster queen

how long do you think it will take to get workers It really depends on many factors, one being temperature. If that is indeed Solenopsis Invicta I've found it should take about a month and a half at normal temperatures (about 75°F) or less than a month at higher temperatures such as 95°F. Normally ...