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by notmyidea
Sat May 07, 2016 4:42 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Ant Keeping Definitely Requires Patience!!
Replies: 10
Views: 1752

Ant Keeping Definitely Requires Patience!!

Just had to announce that my Formica sp. 'colony' has its first nanitic! I captured the Queen Aug. 1, 2015, she laid eggs April 6, and now, May 7, nanitics! It's taken 9 months from capture to this point!!! It has certainly required major patience. My two Lasius sp. Queens laid eggs last fall but no...
by notmyidea
Tue Oct 20, 2015 5:28 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: May have killed all my Queens?
Replies: 6
Views: 965

Re: May have killed all my Queens?

I hibernate my ants outside in ice cream boxes and it's been working alright for now. Just be sure to keep them in the shade and watch out for temperatures below freezing. The problem is my patio is south facing and when it's sunny all day.... The bar fridge is working perfectly. Keeping them at a ...
by notmyidea
Sat Oct 17, 2015 3:30 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: May have killed all my Queens?
Replies: 6
Views: 965

Re: May have killed all my Queens?

Thanks for the tips/advice. Lesson learned!! I had a total of 10 Queens, 2 Formica sp. and 8 Lasius sp. Luckily, 1 Formica and 2 Lasius survived. Interestingly, only 2 of my Lasius queens had eggs/larvae/pupae and lo and behold, those are the two that survived. Coincidence? ;) Bought a bar fridge to...
by notmyidea
Thu Oct 15, 2015 6:04 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: May have killed all my Queens?
Replies: 6
Views: 965

May have killed all my Queens?

I hibernated my ants by putting them in a toolbox out on my patio (I live in a condo and don't have a garage!). It is getting down to about 8-10C at night and 16-18C during the day. My patio is south facing and I didn't think but it got really hot in the toolbox. It looks like the glass even expande...
by notmyidea
Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:05 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Confirmation on this Ant Species
Replies: 5
Views: 1820

Re: Confirmation on this Ant Species

Jonathan21700 wrote:Myrmica sp. Very hard to ID.
They are semiclaustral and need to be fed every 2-3 days.
I think you are right. Thanks for the ID. I think I will release them. :|
by notmyidea
Fri Sep 18, 2015 2:33 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: formica delay
Replies: 8
Views: 960

Re: formica delay

One of them as a matter of fact did not even lay a single egg until 8 months after I caught her- she was at the point where I needed to feed her like a semi-clausteral queen because she burned all her fat reserves from just sitting around for 8 months at the point she got a worker. Formica, like Ca...
by notmyidea
Thu Sep 17, 2015 6:25 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Confirmation on this Ant Species
Replies: 5
Views: 1820

Re: Confirmation on this Ant Species

Finally got my extension tube for my DSLR. These were taken with a 60mm Macro Lens + 25mm extension tube to get an idea of how small they were. You really get to see the hairs on these: http://i57.tinypic.com/6fp341.jpg http://i58.tinypic.com/14tlmae.jpg I caught two of these ladies. Both are defini...
by notmyidea
Tue Sep 15, 2015 9:26 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Confirmation on this Ant Species
Replies: 5
Views: 1820

Re: Confirmation on this Ant Species

Thank you for the responses. I will keep an eye on the colour of workers when they emerge. At least a few of them have eggs and hopefully some nanitics will emerge soon. I'll also get some good picture of the smaller queens once I get my extension tube! :D
by notmyidea
Thu Sep 10, 2015 9:49 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Confirmation on this Ant Species
Replies: 5
Views: 1820

Confirmation on this Ant Species

http://i59.tinypic.com/2afn5ap.jpg Caught on a paved path in a forest early August, Victoria, BC, Canada. Length is about 6-7mm. These queens were showing pleometrosis behaviour (several were digging together). From all the research I have done, I believe this is Lasius Pallitarsis , common around ...
by notmyidea
Mon Aug 24, 2015 3:58 pm
Forum: Ant Journals, Videos, and Blogs
Topic: Queen Cam
Replies: 3
Views: 754

Re: Queen Cam

Good Idea! I assume an infrared night cam?
I'll have to set-up something similar!!