How to build for giant ants?

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Nocturne
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How to build for giant ants?

Post: # 66500Post Nocturne
Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:00 pm

So, I'm looking at building a setup for bull ants (genus Myrmecia). If you aren't familiar, they are huge, up to 40mm long. It's either these or some micro ant that are also everywhere around here, for some reason. And I already tried to keep a few micro ants for a few days to watch, but couldn't keep them in the container. There are medium ants, but I rarely see them around, so I'm doubtful about catching a queen on a nuptial flight for them. I'm just wondering if anyone can give suggestions on how to build something for giants?

heyhowie
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Re: How to build for giant ants?

Post: # 66504Post heyhowie
Tue Jan 14, 2020 12:53 am

Have you already caught a queen?

Nocturne
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Re: How to build for giant ants?

Post: # 66505Post Nocturne
Tue Jan 14, 2020 1:05 am

No, I wanted to have a place for the colony first. I know of at least 7 nests nearby, including 2 right next to my 7 year old's school. I've also seen nuptial flights in the past from those nests, so I know when I can catch them too.

heyhowie
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Re: How to build for giant ants?

Post: # 66508Post heyhowie
Tue Jan 14, 2020 3:17 am

This video may give you some ideas

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1weZJqEalN8&t=926s

Nocturne
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Re: How to build for giant ants?

Post: # 66515Post Nocturne
Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:00 pm

Thank you. That did help a lot. :)

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