Newbies first colony journal - Lasius sp

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Newbies first colony journal - Lasius sp

Post: # 74313Post Chiumanfu
Tue Oct 20, 2020 10:49 pm

This is my first ant colony. I believe it is Lasius Alienus. Queen caught June in Vancouver BC Canada.

They are still in a test tube setup but will be moving to a proper formicarium as soon as it arrives. The cotton ball is starting to get moldy but they refuse to move to a new test tube. I've tried exposing the old side to light and all the common tricks. Hopefully it will be ok until the formicarium is ready.

Their diet is 3-4 fruit flies every couple days. I've offered them honey, maple syrup, sugar water but to be honest I never really see them drinking any of it. I'm sure they probably do though. I use a aluminum foil plate to keep the test tube clean.

My daughter has named her Queen Foodie. Not sure why, but it stuck.

There's roughly 30 workers and too much brood to count.

Lots of pupa ready. Looks like I'm going to have population boom right before hibernation time. I was keeping the test tube in a shelf above the hot water heater but I think I'll move it to a spot closer to room temperature so they can acclimate before winter. What do you think?

Lately they have been wrapping the pupa in cotton (I think). Is this normal behavior?

Is this where the eggs actually hatch from?

Macro photography setup is nothing special really. Canon SL1 DSLR with a Canon 40mm prime lens. 68mm of stacked extension tubes. Yongnuo YN565EX flash in ETTL mode, pointed at the ceiling. 1/200 shutter speed, 1600 ISO, F7.1 aperture. Focus close to infinity and move the camera back and forth to fine tune the focus. The depth of field is so shallow that this is really the only way to do it.

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Re: Newbies first colony journal - Lasius sp

Post: # 75685Post bugging3out
Sat Mar 06, 2021 12:46 pm

Nice colony.
Why did I even make a signature if I am just gonna say this.

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Re: Newbies first colony journal - Lasius sp

Post: # 75695Post AM1C39
Sat Mar 06, 2021 4:44 pm

If they are being stubborn you can put them in the fridge for 3 to 6 minutes this will slow them down and make it easier to work. You will have the new test tube on hand and do the proses in a bin so its harder for them to escape. You can tap some of them in the new test tube but for the ones that do not go in like that you can use 3 pieces of cotton one to grab one worker at a time and the other two to block the entrance of the test tubes so they can not escape when you are working. Be very carful with the brood that you can move carefully with a BBQ skewer. WARNING: You should only put them in the fridge if they are non-tropical species (they hibernate). If you put tropical species (do not hibernate) in the fridge or somewhere cold they can die.
Very good photos btw.
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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