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Allcor
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Flash photos bad idea?

Post: # 53445Post Allcor
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:20 pm

Resently I got a little family of Messor barbarus ants. There are about 20 workers, unfortunately not all made it trough transport.

So with the idea of not bothering them to much I thought making a photo would be better then watch them. I could study the photo as long as I liked. But I started noticing the queen freaks out and runs around when I open the lid. Could it be she is bothered by the camera flash?

Allcor
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Re: Flash photos bad idea?

Post: # 53447Post Allcor
Wed Nov 07, 2018 3:39 pm

Also, I don't see eggs. Are they suppose to be hibernating?

https://photos.app.goo.gl/AmbJnSc42iRuStx58

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UnrealSparks
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Re: Flash photos bad idea?

Post: # 53448Post UnrealSparks
Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:59 pm

Hi Allcor,

I also have two colonies of Messor Barbarus and I can tell you they hate both vibrations and direct light on the nest, so yes, the queen is surely bothered by that.

About hibernation mine are also slowing down a lot with their brood and I can't see any more eggs. I'll put them in hibernation at the end of this month until late Feb/early Mar.

If you have any more question in general, even regarding this species feel free to ask! :D
Keeping the following species:

- Messor Barbarus
- Pheidole Pallidula
- Camponotus Barbaricus
- Lasius Niger
- Lasius Flavus
- Lasius Emarginatus

Allcor
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Re: Flash photos bad idea?

Post: # 53521Post Allcor
Fri Nov 09, 2018 2:20 pm

Thanks for the awnser. Will learn more patience

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UnrealSparks
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Re: Flash photos bad idea?

Post: # 53562Post UnrealSparks
Mon Nov 12, 2018 10:05 am

No problem! Ant keeping surely requires lots of patience, but don't worry, you can check on them weekly if you want. As long as you don't move the nest often, a quick peek on them will cause no harm. ;)
Keeping the following species:

- Messor Barbarus
- Pheidole Pallidula
- Camponotus Barbaricus
- Lasius Niger
- Lasius Flavus
- Lasius Emarginatus

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