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by JDSweetMeat
Sun Jun 16, 2019 7:48 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen replacement
Replies: 8
Views: 658

Re: Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen replacement

Somebody on YouTube got ants to mate in captivity. I would do the following to increase the odds of it occurring: 1.) Get a very very large plastic container. 2.) Create a humid environment in the container. 3.) Set it up so that the ants have as much room as possible to "fly." 4.) Turn all the ligh...
by JDSweetMeat
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: found 3 queens
Replies: 3
Views: 2265

Re: found 3 queens

The second and third picture look very similar to Tetramorium queens. The segmented thorax rules them out as any Formica or Camponotus species. Likewise, they don't have the physical characteristics of Lasius queens. Their gasters are alsk too large to be any Myrmica variant I've seen. Given that yo...
by JDSweetMeat
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Camponotus Pennsylvanicus eggs aren't hatching?
Replies: 1
Views: 39

Camponotus Pennsylvanicus eggs aren't hatching?

I captured 3 Camponotus Pennsylvanicus queens in a couple rotting logs a couple months back. I'm fairly certain that the queens didn't have brood because I caught them early in their reproductive cycle (the queens from last year don't usually lay eggs until mid Spring). All three are in standard tes...
by JDSweetMeat
Mon Jun 10, 2019 11:13 am
Forum: Ant Journals, Videos, and Blogs
Topic: My first colony- Monomorium minimum.
Replies: 11
Views: 1945

Re: My first colony- Monomorium minimum.

I hope to see this colony grow as well. Monomorium was one of my target genus but had no luck my first year locating them. I found too many. My little 7-year old son would come in the house with 2 or 3 and finally I just had to tell him I had enough of these queens. I probably collected 70-80 of th...
by JDSweetMeat
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:58 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Caught a Formica Fusca colony, what next?
Replies: 2
Views: 70

Caught a Formica Fusca colony, what next?

I was digging around for extremely young Formica Fusca colonies (because queen alates fly and hibernate in the fall and hibernate over winter before begining their colonies in the spring). I captured a queen, 7 workers, and about 15 brood (10 were larva, 5 were pupa by my count). They are currently ...
by JDSweetMeat
Wed Jun 05, 2019 11:12 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Should I set my colony free?
Replies: 13
Views: 276

Re: Should I set my colony free?

That's very odd behavior that I haven't seen in any of my Tetramorium colonies. I would say that if it continues, you should freeze the colony and start over with a new queen since they are so easy to find. No matter what, DO NOT release an invasive ant species back into the wild. Tetramorium are n...
by JDSweetMeat
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:35 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Some questions on male ants
Replies: 1
Views: 405

Re: Some questions on male ants

Do you happen to have any pictures of the ants in question?

I mean, some species of ant have queens that resemble males. It may also be that you only caught the males and the female they were mating with got away?
by JDSweetMeat
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:16 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Worker acting strange carrying dead for days!
Replies: 7
Views: 539

Re: Worker acting strange carrying dead for days!

The thing is in the wild they may walk 3,5,10,15 meters away to dump their dead. You can try extending the outworld. Usually they just start a dead pile not really where they want, but they have to put them somewhere. My colonies that don’t have lids the ants actually walk to the edge of the outwor...
by JDSweetMeat
Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:14 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: HELP! Lasius Niger colony won't move from dried test tube to acrylic setup
Replies: 6
Views: 142

Re: HELP! Lasius Niger colony won't move from dried test tube to acrylic setup

There must be still some moisture in the cotton. They will move eventually on their own, though it may take them weeks. My Lasius niger are stubborn like that. Don't worry, they should move before they die from lack of water. They hopefully know what they're doing. Well, I think OP's biggest worry ...
by JDSweetMeat
Wed Jun 05, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Failing Colony
Replies: 2
Views: 75

Re: Failing Colony

Eggs (and larva/ants) are built out of protein. Ants use carbohydrates for fuel. Your queen is not laying new eggs because she doesn't have access to any protein left from her claustral phase to lay more eggs with, and she has no workers bringing in new protein from the environment. Tetramorium quee...