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by notmyidea
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: The GAN Project (Global Ant Nursery)
Topic: is the GAN Project dead?
Replies: 0
Views: 321

is the GAN Project dead?

I sent in a request for a city and species and a week later got a generic response listing all the GAN farmers in Canada. I re-sent my request for a city and species a week ago and still no response. Two-weeks just to get into touch with a GAN Farmer? This is ridiculous. It would be so easy to autom...
by notmyidea
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Weird hibernation behavior
Replies: 5
Views: 569

Re: Weird hibernation behavior

Well, she's probably not hibernating because you are not keeping her cold. She may be sluggish because she is supposed to be hibernating but she is probably confused and started laying eggs assuming that the warmth means Spring is here.
by notmyidea
Fri Oct 27, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Prenolepis sp. in Vancouver
Replies: 5
Views: 623

Re: Prenolepis sp. in Vancouver

There's lots of lasius alienus on Vancouver Island at least. I've had trouble getting this species to start a colony but other keepers have had success.
by notmyidea
Fri Oct 27, 2017 12:59 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Hibernate temperature
Replies: 5
Views: 456

Re: Hibernate temperature

I look at the max and min outdoor temp and then average it out, assuming underground has a moderating effect on temp. So, for West coast of bc, works out to about 8-10C
by notmyidea
Fri Aug 18, 2017 1:26 am
Forum: The AntsCanada Ant Main Forums
Topic: Formica queens still not laying eggs
Replies: 5
Views: 611

Re: Formica queens still not laying eggs

I have formica podzolica and have produced colonies over the last few years. They won't typically lay eggs till next Spring. You don't need to feed them till then. In fact, I have tried giving them honey after hibernation and they won't eat it. Once there is about 1/2 dozen workers around May of nex...
by notmyidea
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:02 am
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Formica queen
Replies: 3
Views: 403

Re: Formica queen

I keep Formica podzolica and have successfully started colonies when the Queen hasn't laid any eggs till the following Spring.
by notmyidea
Wed Aug 09, 2017 2:57 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen ID 8mm WA
Replies: 9
Views: 542

Re: Queen ID 8mm WA

Probably Formica. I'm just above WA on Vancouver Island and they are flying now. Caught 9 myself.
by notmyidea
Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:12 pm
Forum: The AntsCanada Ant Main Forums
Topic: Is it too late now?
Replies: 14
Views: 841

Re: Is it too late now?

harry7778 wrote:
Sat Jul 29, 2017 10:06 am
I'm sorry that you didn't have any luck with your Lasius, which Lasius type was it? I'm pretty sure I have Lasius Neo-Niger.
Lasius alienus. I collected 30 queens but 25 of them were infected with fly larvae. Out of the other 5 I only have 1 with nanitics and eggs.
by notmyidea
Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:02 am
Forum: The AntsCanada Ant Main Forums
Topic: Is it too late now?
Replies: 14
Views: 841

Re: Is it too late now?

Whenever you find Queens, make note of the temperature, whether it rained the day before, and the time you found them. I find the Nuptial flights where I live are based on temperature since we don't get any rain in the summer. Good luck with lasius, I haven't had much luck with mine.
by notmyidea
Tue Jul 18, 2017 12:51 pm
Forum: The GAN Project (Global Ant Nursery)
Topic: Date format GAN Signup
Replies: 7
Views: 696

Re: Date format GAN Signup

Allaric wrote:
Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:26 am
Format is YYYY-MM-DD

Because everyone uses that format. Mods, can you add this format description to the signup page so it isn't such a mystery?
At the very least, they should have this post pinned.