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by UnrealSparks
Tue Jan 07, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Messor barbarus queen not laying
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: Messor barbarus queen not laying

I was keeping them at around 10-15 C which is from what I read a good temperature for this species (for hibernation) For hibernation 10-15 is great, but if you lower their temperature to that range, even in late summer, they'll obviously slow down adapting to the change. Summing everything up I'd a...
by UnrealSparks
Tue Dec 24, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Messor barbarus queen not laying
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: Messor barbarus queen not laying

It depends... what temperature were you keeping them when they became less active?
by UnrealSparks
Fri Dec 20, 2019 11:10 am
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Messor barbarus queen not laying
Replies: 5
Views: 630

Re: Messor barbarus queen not laying

Messor Barbarus usually hibernates between late November to late February (more or less). Hibernating them earlier won't necessarily make them active in this period. This because ants usually have an "internal clock" that tells them when to rest and when to be active. So, if you see them not eating ...
by UnrealSparks
Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Need Information about my Queen Please
Replies: 5
Views: 107

Re: Need Information about my Queen Please

Correct me if I'm wrong. From the pictures it's hard to see the workers, but I'm positive they are all black except their thorax (middle section) which is dark red. If that's the case I'm 99.9% sure that's Lasius Emarginatus (which can also be found in your country). I had many colonies of this spec...
by UnrealSparks
Mon Oct 28, 2019 1:40 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Ant Queen and Workers ID, SW Louisiana
Replies: 4
Views: 316

Re: Ant Queen and Workers ID, SW Louisiana

I'm guessing it's Camponotus castaneus. I've never seen this species here. Well, I've checked on another site (Antmaps.org) and it says Camponotus castaneus is actually present in Louisiana, so you should be right! :) About the food I've noticed with my colonies that the younger they are, the more ...
by UnrealSparks
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Ant Journals, Videos, and Blogs
Topic: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony
Replies: 61
Views: 2447

Re: My journey keeping a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus Colony

From my experience with different colonies I'd recommend to try again next year, even with stuff the absolutely dislike. Once there'll be more members they'll be hungrier and will accept any kind of food more easily. My C. Barbaricus periodically consume: Dubia Roaches Crickets Protein Jelly Spiders...
by UnrealSparks
Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:34 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Need Help Identifying Queen!
Replies: 13
Views: 558

Re: Need Help Identifying Queen!

Sorry, been busy with university too. I'm not used to Australian species at all, but in order to get an almost certain ID I'd wait for some workers to hatch. It would be much easier that way, even though it does look like Brachyponera sp. About all those queens, be careful not to get overwhelmed onc...
by UnrealSparks
Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:54 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Need Help Identifying Queen!
Replies: 13
Views: 558

Re: Need Help Identifying Queen!

No problem! ;) Here's a list of Ponera subspecies I've found in Queensland, Australia. Ponera clavicornis Ponera incerta Ponera leae Ponera selenophora Ponera swezeyi Ponera tenuis If you want to look up all available species in your region yourself you may want to use Antmaps.org, such a useful too...
by UnrealSparks
Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:44 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: HELP FOUND BLACK ANT IN MID OCTOBER, DELAWARE
Replies: 3
Views: 1014

Re: HELP FOUND BLACK ANT IN MID OCTOBER, DELAWARE

to me it looks abit tetramorium like but as above the pic is hard to make out the way she holds her gaster seems to fit see below https://www.antwiki.org/wiki/images/thumb/5/51/Fisher_%26_Cover_2007%2C_Key_Fig._38a.png/600px-Fisher_%26_Cover_2007%2C_Key_Fig._38a.png Very useful image! Unfortunately...
by UnrealSparks
Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:41 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Messors attacking each other.
Replies: 5
Views: 1693

Re: Messors attacking each other.

Yeah, thinking about it, Messor is really sensitive towards vibrations. Whenever they feel some they go in panic mode. :lol:
Could that be another hypothesis?