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Wood Formicarium

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:56 pm
by Gremoogle
I love the look of a wooden formicarium's. I can't find a list of ants that are suitable for this type of formicarium. Anyone know where I can find info on that? I know carpenter ants enjoy wooden homes, but they also chew them up don't they?

Any help would be appreciated, Thanks

Adam

Re: Wood Formicarium

Posted: Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:25 pm
by TherealIABAST
Hm, I doubt camponotus would chew through if the wood isn’t rotted, but I’d give it to a lasius just in case.

Re: Wood Formicarium

Posted: Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:45 am
by Hawkeye
Gremoogle wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:56 pm
I love the look of a wooden formicarium's. I can't find a list of ants that are suitable for this type of formicarium. Anyone know where I can find info on that? I know carpenter ants enjoy wooden homes, but they also chew them up don't they?

Any help would be appreciated, Thanks

Adam
Carpenter ants burrow into untreated, moist wood, like fallen branches etc. They don't actually consume the wood, as they lack the enzymn to digest it. A simply sollution might be so cover the wooden formicarium with some acryllic plates?

Re: Wood Formicarium

Posted: Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:54 am
by JennaFF
Hawkeye wrote:
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:45 am
Gremoogle wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:56 pm
I love the look of a wooden formicarium's. I can't find a list of ants that are suitable for this type of formicarium. Anyone know where I can find info on that? I know carpenter ants enjoy wooden homes, but they also chew them up don't they?

Any help would be appreciated, Thanks

Adam
Carpenter ants burrow into untreated, moist wood, like fallen branches etc. They don't actually consume the wood, as they lack the enzymn to digest it. A simply sollution might be so cover the wooden formicarium with some acryllic plates?
Yes, using acrylic plates on the inside is a good idea. You may also alternatively use Polycarbonate Plastic or as many people call it, Lexan on the inside as well to protect the wood. To create the formicarium's structure, you may use a wood lathe. A bowl-turning lathe (check: https://woodymanreviews.com/best-wood-lathes-for-turning-bowls/) may be ideal for something as such as it's cheaper than conventional lathes. You can dm me for suggestions tho, I've tackled woodworking projects like this before. Would be more than happy to help if you still need it.

Re: Wood Formicarium

Posted: Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:21 am
by SolenopsisKeeper
Gremoogle wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:56 pm
I love the look of a wooden formicarium's. I can't find a list of ants that are suitable for this type of formicarium. Anyone know where I can find info on that? I know carpenter ants enjoy wooden homes, but they also chew them up don't they?

Any help would be appreciated, Thanks

Adam
Some carpenter ants can’t chew wood

Re: Wood Formicarium

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:29 pm
by AntsAntsAnts
SolenopsisKeeper wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:21 am
Gremoogle wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:56 pm
I love the look of a wooden formicarium's. I can't find a list of ants that are suitable for this type of formicarium. Anyone know where I can find info on that? I know carpenter ants enjoy wooden homes, but they also chew them up don't they?

Any help would be appreciated, Thanks

Adam
Some carpenter ants can’t chew wood
All carpenter ants can't eat wood

Re: Wood Formicarium

Posted: Tue Jan 18, 2022 11:09 pm
by SolenopsisKeeper
AntsAntsAnts wrote:
Tue Jan 18, 2022 9:29 pm
SolenopsisKeeper wrote:
Fri Jan 14, 2022 7:21 am
Gremoogle wrote:
Sat Aug 08, 2020 2:56 pm
I love the look of a wooden formicarium's. I can't find a list of ants that are suitable for this type of formicarium. Anyone know where I can find info on that? I know carpenter ants enjoy wooden homes, but they also chew them up don't they?

Any help would be appreciated, Thanks

Adam
Some carpenter ants can’t chew wood
All carpenter ants can't eat wood
“Eat” bird through wood. No ant actually eats would if I am not mistaken, and Camponotus Floridanus is an example that Will not bore wood.

Re: Wood Formicarium

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:20 pm
by AntsAntsAnts
AC said they just spit the thing out

Re: Wood Formicarium

Posted: Wed Jan 19, 2022 9:47 pm
by SolenopsisKeeper
AntsAntsAnts wrote:
Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:20 pm
AC said they just spit the thing out
AC is unreliable in some cases, but that is true.(There is a whole topic about it called something something)

Re: Wood Formicarium

Posted: Thu Jan 20, 2022 3:38 am
by AntsAntsAnts
yes