What's your opinion on getting a mature colony from the wild

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Webbles
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What's your opinion on getting a mature colony from the wild

Post: # 46641Post Webbles
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:04 pm

I have broken apart logs and found the queen and all the workers in there. Do y'all think it would be ok to get the queen and some workers for a formicarium
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Re: What's your opinion on getting a mature colony from the wild

Post: # 46649Post AntsDakota
Sun Aug 05, 2018 2:39 pm

Webbles wrote:
Sun Aug 05, 2018 12:04 pm
I have broken apart logs and found the queen and all the workers in there. Do y'all think it would be ok to get the queen and some workers for a formicarium
It's not the best way, but it should work, although some ants don't adjust to captivity well, so if they start having problems in their formicarium, either release them or move them to a natural setup.
"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

Webbles
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Re: What's your opinion on getting a mature colony from the wild

Post: # 46991Post Webbles
Wed Aug 08, 2018 10:46 pm

I thought it would and I mostly keep all mature colonies in a natural set up
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CampoKing
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Re: What's your opinion on getting a mature colony from the wild

Post: # 47438Post CampoKing
Tue Aug 14, 2018 2:53 am

I've only done that once as a "rescue" because the colony was in a small dead tree at risk of being destroyed by farm machinery. They didn't like captivity until I essentially recreated their original wood bark environment, then they perked up and started foraging etc.
Incidentally, I can't identify their species but they seem similar to Camponotus subbarbatus.
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