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AntsDK's beginner journal - Lasius niger

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 1:54 am
by AntsDK
This journal is mostly for my own sake. But instead of just writing stuff down for myself, I will do it publicly here.

I got my first queen yesterday, a Lasius niger with 4 workers.

I built a formicarium for them.
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This morning saw that they have blocked the entrance with sand.
One of the workers was still working on the project of blocking the entrance, while the rest was attending to the queen.

Re: AntsDK's beginner journal - Lasius niger

Posted: Sat Sep 16, 2017 8:50 am
by Will230145
Can you put a picture of the queen

Re: AntsDK's beginner journal - Lasius niger

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:33 pm
by AntsDK
I don't have a macro lens yet unfortunately, so this is the best picture I have for now.
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Today the ants have completely sealed the entrance with sand and moved some of it into the test tube.
There's a few pieces of sand in the sugar water, so I know they have been there.

Re: AntsDK's beginner journal - Lasius niger

Posted: Sun Sep 17, 2017 12:59 pm
by Will230145
Cool!

Re: AntsDK's beginner journal - Lasius niger

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 2:13 am
by AntsDK
I checked on the colony yesterday to find that another nanitic has eclosed, for a total of 5 nanitic workers :D
The queen have also gotten a larger brood.

Re: AntsDK's beginner journal - Lasius niger

Posted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:26 pm
by Gavinthesheep1234567
Cool I have a l neoniger colony with between 20 100 workers plus brood

Re: AntsDK's beginner journal - Lasius niger

Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 1:53 am
by AntsDK
Gavinthesheep1234567 wrote:
Tue Sep 26, 2017 5:26 pm
Cool I have a l neoniger colony with between 20 100 workers plus brood
Cool. I'm hoping not to mess this up. I would love a colony of a hundred workers.

Re: AntsDK's beginner journal - Lasius niger

Posted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 5:11 am
by AntsDK
Just got my new formicarium from China.
I don't count on using it until after hibernation though.

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Re: AntsDK's beginner journal - Lasius niger

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:06 am
by AntsDK
Checked on the queen yesterday.
8 workers now! Woo! :D

Re: AntsDK's beginner journal - Lasius niger

Posted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:21 am
by AntsOnTheCoast
Good stuff!

Have you hibernated them as of yet?