To answer your question, YES! I live in Ohio and would very much like to see another GAN farmer. Also, have you seen the Ohio antkeeping site?
Check it out, it's pretty neat.
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So, I've got this colony of a Camponotus sp. that I've had for about three years now. This is my first queen who is still alive (and coincidentally, my first queen). The first summer she laid a lot of eggs, but only got two nanitics out of the batch (I assume some of these were trophic eggs, but the...
- Sat Jan 25, 2020 2:41 pm
- Forum: The Ant Graveyard
- Topic: Camponotus queens caught all died a strange death
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I had caught a Camponotus queen once (not the one I currently have) that seemed to be doing well, then she suddenly died. I didn't throw out her test tube setup right away, though, and when I came back a week or so later, there were a ton of tiny gnat larvae in there, crawling around and pupating. I...
I would also let you know, M. minimum queens only live for about a year or two, so your colony would only last about that long. Also, they are impossible to keep contained... I speak from experience... the workers like investigating sneakers, as it turns out.
I highly suggest Bugged: The Insects Who Rule the World and the People Obsessed With Them by David MacNeal. It's not entirely on ants, but it has a nice chapter about them, and the rest of the book is fascinating as well.