Diameter of ant tunnels

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Diameter of ant tunnels

Post: # 14964Post chickenman297
Thu Nov 24, 2016 2:25 am

Hi guys and gals,

Just an engineering question about the minimum diameter of passages required for ants to go through. I'm designing a part for formicariums and outworlds and my design has a hole for ants to traverse that is 6 mm diameter (a poofteenth away from 1/4 inch). Would this be wide enough for.... say.... a large Camponotus ant? If not, what would the recommended diameter of the hole so I can scale it up to this? The ants only have to pass through for about 3 mm and I do not imagine queens to spend any length of time anywhere near this. I could potentially go as far as 10 mm (3/8 inch) but am reluctant to go any larger because of other design issues.

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Re: Diameter of ant tunnels

Post: # 14969Post Batspiderfish
Thu Nov 24, 2016 7:22 am

6mm is fine for a Camponotus major, but the queen will probably have a lot of difficulty turning around.
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Re: Diameter of ant tunnels

Post: # 14975Post chickenman297
Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:26 pm

Thanks mate. That is very useful

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Re: Diameter of ant tunnels

Post: # 15056Post Martin
Tue Nov 29, 2016 10:50 am

For e.g. Camp. Ligniperda is 5mm fine, but we are talking about hole. If it is longer tube I would recommend at least 6mm as Batspiderfish said:)
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Re: Diameter of ant tunnels

Post: # 15086Post chickenman297
Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:26 am

Yep. Just a hole, not a tunnel. Thanks Marty!

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