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by harvesterant
Fri May 31, 2019 6:30 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Aphids important?
Replies: 2
Views: 71

Re: Aphids important?

I have never kept Camponotus Pennsylvanicus, but ants do not require aphids to survive. Many species tend to aphids but most do not rely on them for survival. You do not have to add aphids to your setup, but the ants will need a sugar source, which could be honey, fruit or simply water mixed with su...
by harvesterant
Wed May 29, 2019 3:44 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen caught in May United Kingdom
Replies: 0
Views: 32

Queen caught in May United Kingdom

I have caught what I think is a queen, and have taken some pictures. Which species is it? Is it a queen?

Here is a link to the photos, I hope they are clear enough. Let me know if they are not.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1MiBnB1Z-Eue-XsH8Zc0KmP7xf-_rk7n5?usp=sharing
by harvesterant
Tue May 28, 2019 6:31 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Help a noob out
Replies: 1
Views: 74

Re: Help a noob out

To post pictures, send a link to a dropbox that contains the images, and try to send several clear images of the queens.
by harvesterant
Mon May 27, 2019 1:46 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Newbe alert! Need some help:)
Replies: 7
Views: 157

Re: Newbe alert! Need some help:)

I have never used this setup before, but it seems that it is designed to keep Lasius ants, and is then probably mostly escape proof. Nearly all ant-keepers have escapees, and you can always leave the lids closed to prevent them, but I would still recommend using certain barriers, such as baby powder...
by harvesterant
Sun May 26, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Newbe alert! Need some help:)
Replies: 7
Views: 157

Re: Newbe alert! Need some help:)

You will be unlikely to find a mated queen in your house because there would probably be no Lasius niger males there, they will most likely have to go to a specific field or place to mate. I have never experienced problems with visibility when keeping Lasius niger ants, even though they are small. I...
by harvesterant
Sun May 26, 2019 2:52 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: ant found in house not sure queen
Replies: 3
Views: 59

Re: ant found in house not sure queen

It is hard to tell from the image, but it looks like a queen. Calling pest control is unnecessary, I think there are other ways of dealing with this. If you think that you have a colony, the presence of a queen does not prove that, the queen was planning to start a colony, but did not get the chance...
by harvesterant
Sat May 25, 2019 4:41 pm
Forum: New Forum Members
Topic: 1st time real ant colony!
Replies: 1
Views: 93

Re: 1st time real ant colony!

Congratulations, I hope you enjoy antkeeping.
by harvesterant
Sat May 25, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Is it safe to tip the ants out the test tube into a fishtank with digging soil in?
Replies: 1
Views: 62

Re: Is it safe to tip the ants out the test tube into a fishtank with digging soil in?

Ants prefer damp soil, so try to dampen the soil so that the ants can dig tunnels in it. You can encourage ants to move by using bright light, as long as you do not burn them. I was in exactly the same situation, and tipped my Messor barbarus colony out of the test tube, and they had dug a nest in a...
by harvesterant
Sat May 25, 2019 2:54 pm
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Ants not classified properly?
Replies: 0
Views: 58

Ants not classified properly?

Ants have an unusual classification where one genus can contain hundreds of species and there are 300 genera in the family Formicidae. When this is compared to mammals, they will have less than 10 species in a genus and less than 10 genera in a family, or there would be subfamilies to minimise the n...
by harvesterant
Sat May 25, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: ant found in house not sure queen
Replies: 3
Views: 59

Re: ant found in house not sure queen

It could be a queen, to find out, send an image clearly showing the ant. Images sent using the software of this forum have a high chance of not sending, so try to send a link to a dropbox if possible. Judging by the images, many people in this forum could identify the cast of the ant (queen or not)....