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Im completely clueless

Post: # 77448Post mavistheantqueen
Sun May 09, 2021 9:32 am

My son has 2 ant colonies. A lasius flavus and lasius niger. Today we have found 3 escapees. Im pretty sure they are from the niger tube. How bad would it be if I put them into the wrong set up?

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Post: # 77455Post AM1C39
Sun May 09, 2021 2:21 pm

It would be bad. What you should do is put one of the workers in one of the tubes and if they fight get it out and put them all in the other one.
My current colonies:
The miniature military(formica neogagates)
the power of war(camponotus novaeborecensis)
the black hearts(crematogaster cerasi
the blazing nation(Myrmica alaskensis)

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Post: # 77458Post mavistheantqueen
Sun May 09, 2021 4:13 pm

Im now worried that they are just random ants. There was me thinking ant keeping would be the easiest "pet" in our house lol

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Post: # 77460Post AM1C39
Sun May 09, 2021 8:07 pm

If they look like the same species they are probably not outside ants. And if the test tube has no sings of escape they are probably outside ants. You should know how many workers your colonies have.
My current colonies:
The miniature military(formica neogagates)
the power of war(camponotus novaeborecensis)
the black hearts(crematogaster cerasi
the blazing nation(Myrmica alaskensis)

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Post: # 77467Post AntsLuxembourg
Mon May 10, 2021 1:51 am

I had multiple lose lasius niger ants in my setup. In my case they must have escaped through a small gap between the testtube and the AC Tower which were not connected via the proper tubing. It is the only way they could have gotten out since their breathing holes are too small for them to fit through and they would have gotten back inside but instead they chilled on the cotton underneath. So the tubing is the most plausible for me. ^^

Anyway depending on the sizes of your colony it would just be a small fight with 3 strangers vs a big colony, but if both colonies are below 100 workers it's something like a set back because they have lost more than 3% of their work force.

Have a close look, maybe with a magnifying glass and see if you can better identify the ant's colony. :)
Btw isn't lasius flavus much brighter? Almost like yellowish?
Doing some proper research is the best way to start an antcolony.

Colonies:
1 - Messor Barbarus
Founding colonies:
2 - Lasius Niger Colony
Need help or want to help? https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=18153#p70566

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Post: # 77481Post mavistheantqueen
Mon May 10, 2021 7:35 am

I hadn't seen any workers in the LN tube and im pretty sure they aren't LF. We have recently set up a bioactive setup for our python and im thinking they have probably come from there

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Post: # 77513Post AntsLuxembourg
Tue May 11, 2021 1:07 am

In that case I would say they are just stranger's so don't add them anywhere.
Doing some proper research is the best way to start an antcolony.

Colonies:
1 - Messor Barbarus
Founding colonies:
2 - Lasius Niger Colony
Need help or want to help? https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=18153#p70566

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Re: Im completely clueless

Post: # 77737Post IS718ants
Tue May 18, 2021 12:57 pm

We are also keeping ants in test tube setups that are of the exact same species as a "wild" colony that seems to live in the walls of our house! The best tip we can offer is that if your colonies are still new, the first workers they will have are going to be of a very small caste called "nanitics". These nanitics are about half the size of the species' normal workers and mature colonies no longer produce them.

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