Test Tubes

Questions from those who are just starting or considering getting into the ant keeping hobby. If you’re intimidated or confused by the in-depth posts of the other sections of this forum, feel free to post here, and we'll start from square one!

Moderator: ooper01

Post Reply
Posts: 9
Joined: Sat Feb 10, 2018 7:41 pm
Location: Port Huron

Test Tubes

Post: # 33924Post PupHadrian
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:35 am

I'm shooting for carpenter ants, they can chew through a lot. Is a cotton ball really going to keep them in the test tube? Im trying to figure it all out now, if the weather warms and stays nice, they can start the nuptial flights as early as next month.
Port Huron, MI
1 Camponotus Novaebranoracensis Small Colony
1 Lasius Niger Queen

User avatar
Posts: 736
Joined: Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:00 pm
Location: SF Bay Area, California

Re: Test Tubes

Post: # 33929Post Jadeninja9
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:57 am

If you put a thick plug of cotton in the tube it should work fine.
Keeper of:
1x Camponotus Hyatti
7x Lasius alienus colonies

1x Prenolepis imparis queen
1x Tetramorium immigrans
1x Camponotus cf. clarithorax

User avatar
Posts: 931
Joined: Tue Jan 02, 2018 2:11 pm
Location: Detroit, MI

Re: Test Tubes

Post: # 33979Post antnest8
Wed Feb 14, 2018 1:57 pm

I have my carpenter queen in a test tube with cotton and she has been in there a long time. I do suggest that you make sure the cottons thick because the queens are very strong and one escaped by pushing the cotton out of the tube.
keeper of
3 tetremorium queens
2 C. pennsylvanicus
1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony

Post Reply

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest