ant nest HELP

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cheetawolf
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ant nest HELP

Post: # 51595Post cheetawolf
Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:28 am

so i moved one of my lasius niger colonies (about 20-30 workers) into a small natural nest, and they started to make one big hole. then once they were all moved in i noticed that the workers were not coming out! it was been a week and there has been no evidence that any workers went out to forage, i have half a superworm a spider and honey outside and they wont come out and eat it. what do i do
yay for ants!

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6x lasius niger/americanus

12x tetramorium immigrans

1x formica podzolica

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camponotus sp

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PwnerPie
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Re: ant nest HELP

Post: # 51597Post PwnerPie
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:15 am

Just keep feeding them as normal, they will eat as needed. its highly likely they are eating a small amount at night, just not enough to be noticable.
Keeper of:
1x Formica Pacifica
2x Camponotus Modoc
1x Tetramorium Immigrans
2x Lasius Sp

Founding:
3x Lasius Sp
2x Formica Argentea
2x Myrmica Rubra

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Goal: Supply school science classes with colonies for learning.

cheetawolf
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Re: ant nest HELP

Post: # 51623Post cheetawolf
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:13 pm

PwnerPie wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:15 am
Just keep feeding them as normal, they will eat as needed. its highly likely they are eating a small amount at night, just not enough to be noticable.
you are right except only 1 came out!!!! i saw one lone ant drinking some honey, guarded the nest, and attempted to pull the whole spider by herself before patrolling around the nest. whats with this!! they pulled straws for whoever does all the work!
yay for ants!

keeping
6x lasius niger/americanus

12x tetramorium immigrans

1x formica podzolica

searching for
camponotus sp

GAN farmer in richmond BC

PwnerPie
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Re: ant nest HELP

Post: # 51632Post PwnerPie
Sun Sep 30, 2018 11:53 am

Hahaha. No idea how they decide which one risks its life to go get food. I am sure she is feeding all the others with what she gathers. so youre good!
Keeper of:
1x Formica Pacifica
2x Camponotus Modoc
1x Tetramorium Immigrans
2x Lasius Sp

Founding:
3x Lasius Sp
2x Formica Argentea
2x Myrmica Rubra

GAN Farmer: 4 Colonies sold
Goal: Supply school science classes with colonies for learning.

AntsDakota
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Re: ant nest HELP

Post: # 52004Post AntsDakota
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:12 pm

cheetawolf wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:13 pm
PwnerPie wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:15 am
Just keep feeding them as normal, they will eat as needed. its highly likely they are eating a small amount at night, just not enough to be noticable.
you are right except only 1 came out!!!! i saw one lone ant drinking some honey, guarded the nest, and attempted to pull the whole spider by herself before patrolling around the nest. whats with this!! they pulled straws for whoever does all the work!
You must not get any sleep to be sure that only one a day comes out.
"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

cheetawolf
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Re: ant nest HELP

Post: # 52014Post cheetawolf
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:55 pm

AntsDakota wrote:
Sat Oct 06, 2018 2:12 pm
cheetawolf wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:13 pm
PwnerPie wrote:
Sat Sep 29, 2018 11:15 am
Just keep feeding them as normal, they will eat as needed. its highly likely they are eating a small amount at night, just not enough to be noticable.
you are right except only 1 came out!!!! i saw one lone ant drinking some honey, guarded the nest, and attempted to pull the whole spider by herself before patrolling around the nest. whats with this!! they pulled straws for whoever does all the work!
You must not get any sleep to be sure that only one a day comes out.
actually i had their setup recorded haha
yay for ants!

keeping
6x lasius niger/americanus

12x tetramorium immigrans

1x formica podzolica

searching for
camponotus sp

GAN farmer in richmond BC

AntsDakota
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Location: South Dakota

Re: ant nest HELP

Post: # 52039Post AntsDakota
Sun Oct 07, 2018 2:02 pm

Good idea.
"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

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