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UK newbie

Post: # 51470Post darkdragon
Tue Sep 25, 2018 9:11 pm

hi i am looking into starting an ant colony but i am not sure about the types of ants in the uk, and are looking for an ant specis that is polymorphic :lol: time is not a problem as in colony growth i am very good at waiting

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Re: UK newbie

Post: # 51480Post oOFutteOo
Wed Sep 26, 2018 2:13 am

Welcome to the forum
you always have Lasius Niger (black pavement ant) in UK i think, they are small. I caught 5 queens this summer and they founded colonies and have more than 20 ants now they are not as flashy as lots of other ants, but they are easy and very interesting to watch grow and move about. I think it is to late to catch a queen this year the UK but you could bye one from a GAN farmer. But they will go to hibernation pretty soon any way, so i would wait until the spring to buy or even better (in my opinion) catch one next summer your self you say you are patient ;) .

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Re: UK newbie

Post: # 51710Post AntsDakota
Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:49 pm

Lasius flavus are also common in the U.K. They are commonly known as yellow meadow ants. Myrmica rubra is another option, although their queens are semi-claustral, and they have a painful sting. Tetramorium caespitum are a fast-growing, easy to keep species.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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