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by SkeleAnt
Mon May 25, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Brood development after Hibernation
Replies: 1
Views: 30

Re: Brood development after Hibernation

It might not be that they’re developing quicker so much as their growth drastically slows down during hibernation, so their normal growth seems fast in comparison.
by SkeleAnt
Mon May 25, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Major or queen?
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: Major or queen?

That’s a major. Queens have larger midsections compared to their heads and much bigger gasters. The easiest way for me to tell the difference is to see if an ant has a “hunched back” or not. Workers don’t because they don’t have wing muscles.
by SkeleAnt
Mon May 25, 2020 8:00 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: South Western Pennsylvania- Colony gained from landscaping
Replies: 1
Views: 60

Re: South Western Pennsylvania- Colony gained from landscaping

Heart shaped gasters usually mean Crematogaster. The behavior of the ants leans in that direction as well. We had a colony that farmed aphids in our garden, so they will most likely take any sugar based food. A small (like REALLY SMALL because the ants are so little) drop of honey, or sugar water wo...
by SkeleAnt
Sun May 24, 2020 11:14 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Escaped BHAs
Replies: 1
Views: 182

Re: Escaped BHAs

Yeah I agree about them getting out from the water area. They’re so small so it makes sense. Can you tell me what formicarium set up you’re using so I can look it up and see it in full? I might have some suggestions once I can see how the tower is put together.
by SkeleAnt
Sun May 24, 2020 11:11 am
Forum: The Ant Graveyard
Topic: Unknown possibly parasitic queen death (Need Help Confirming)
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: Unknown possibly parasitic queen death (Need Help Confirming)

I’m not sure the species, but those do look like ant parasites possibly from some kind of fly/wasp. I believe they lay their eggs inside the ant queen, then they hatch, grow, and burrow out before spinning cocoons. Do the sesame seed looking things move, or stay still? Are the maggots in the water m...
by SkeleAnt
Sun May 24, 2020 11:06 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: help identify weather or not this queen is semi or fully claustral
Replies: 1
Views: 37

Re: help identify weather or not this queen is semi or fully claustral

The image isn’t loading. Did you try uploading it to a site like imgur and copying a link from there?
by SkeleAnt
Sun May 24, 2020 11:04 am
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Queen ant eggs !!!
Replies: 4
Views: 56

Re: Queen ant eggs !!!

Congratulations on getting a laying queen ant and on her first set of eggs!!!!
by SkeleAnt
Sun May 24, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: A little request.
Replies: 9
Views: 1176

Re: A little request.

Antweb.com is a great website to look up ants by area or species. Even just googling the name of any any species will bring up antblogs and other websites with lots of information. If you came here from watching Mike’s videos, the ones on catching ant queens, caring for specific species, and formica...
by SkeleAnt
Sun May 24, 2020 10:50 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Caught Camponotous Pencilvanicus.
Replies: 2
Views: 104

Re: Caught Camponotous Pencilvanicus.

Like Labast said, this is more common for workers, but also normal for newly caught queens. She doesn’t recognize what she’s in and probably feels trapped at first, not secure, so she’s trying to escape. If she is a queen and not a worker, ensure there’s enough cotton so she can’t escape but not too...
by SkeleAnt
Sun May 24, 2020 10:46 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: chewing cotton
Replies: 7
Views: 98

Re: chewing cotton

It’s a stress thing most likely. So long as the cotton isn’t too densely packed so she can’t breathe, the best thing to do is leave her test tube in the dark and forget about her for at least a week, maybe longer. She doesn’t need constant checking at her founding stage, and looking at her frequentl...