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by UnrealSparks
Tue Apr 02, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: New Queen Messor Barbarus help
Replies: 29
Views: 1463

Re: New Queen Messor Barbarus help

The best way to move her to a new test tube is: First prepare a new and fresh test tube. After that attach it to the old one (I usually use a bit of tape to hold them together). Then cover the new one to make it dark, while shine a bright light on the dry one. It may take a bit of time, but the quee...
by UnrealSparks
Sun Mar 31, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen ant ID please :)
Replies: 7
Views: 594

Re: Queen ant ID please :)

I don't think you noticed, but he wrote this at the end of the first post:
Found in Sydney Australia during October. Approximately 6mm in length (not including wings). Thanks in advance!
It's all good though. ;)
by UnrealSparks
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Heat mats after hibernation
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: Heat mats after hibernation

That sounds ok to me. I put a heat cable under my ants a few days after bringing them out of hibernation. The only issue I had was putting the cable too close to the water in their test tubes, which caused a lot of condensation and drowned ants. Once I moved the cable away, the condensation stopped...
by UnrealSparks
Sat Feb 23, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Heat mats after hibernation
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Heat mats after hibernation

Is it okay to set up heat mats just after (a couple of days) the ants have waken up from hibernation? Last year I used to have a silicone tube attached to my Messor formicarium. This tube was blocked at the end by a cotton ball and a portion of it was going through a folded heat mat. The ants loved ...
by UnrealSparks
Wed Feb 20, 2019 4:52 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Should I end hibernation?
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: Should I end hibernation?

If they all had the surgery water that would be a good sign for me that they are ready for a new year of colony growth. As for your fridges ants it would be best to slowly bring them up as the fridge would have been consistent with its lower temperature. Check on them after one day tho because the ...
by UnrealSparks
Wed Feb 20, 2019 2:40 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Caught a Crematogaster queen
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: Caught a Crematogaster queen

how long do you think it will take to get workers It really depends on many factors, one being temperature. If that is indeed Solenopsis Invicta I've found it should take about a month and a half at normal temperatures (about 75°F) or less than a month at higher temperatures such as 95°F. Normally ...
by UnrealSparks
Tue Feb 19, 2019 7:52 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Should I end hibernation?
Replies: 6
Views: 325

Re: Should I end hibernation?

That definitely helps! Thanks! :) The fact is, beeing my first hibernation, and since all of them made it safely through winter, I just wanted to be extra careful. I tried feeding all of my garage colonies with sugar water and all of them consumed it, so I think it's time. From tomorrow on I'll have...
by UnrealSparks
Tue Feb 19, 2019 4:57 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Caught a Crematogaster queen
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: Caught a Crematogaster queen

AwesomeEjz wrote:
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:42 pm
just wow
that was fast
Wow! Yes, that was indeed fast... :lol:
by UnrealSparks
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:00 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Caught a Crematogaster queen
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: Caught a Crematogaster queen

I'm not an expert about North American ants, since I'm from Europe. But after a bit of digging I found some similarities with Solenopsis Invicta, the Red Imported Fire Ant. These are two pictures of them. https://photos.smugmug.com/Ants/Taxonomic-List-of-Ant-Genera/Solenopsis/i-Zzwv6MZ/1/6f44693d/L/...
by UnrealSparks
Mon Feb 18, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Caught a Crematogaster queen
Replies: 11
Views: 555

Re: Caught a Crematogaster queen

here are some pics https://imgur.com/a/hKI4vCF I checked the pictures you posted, but I can't clearly see the back of her abdomen. Crematogaster sp. usually has a pointy and heart-shaped abdomen, so I'm not sure if this is actually a Crematogaster. Here's an example of the typical abdomen I'm talki...