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Kealthas
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Location: Germany

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Post: # 40797Post Kealthas
Thu Jul 12, 2018 5:08 am

Hi, my Name is Jan, 23 years old and I am totally new in Ants Keeping.
I am from Germany, so it could be my english grammar and spelling might be bad, I apologize for that.

I followed the Youtube Channel of this side for a while and it is really amazing what someone can create.
So, I just decided to create my own Colony.

Honestly I through it whould be dificult to get my hands on a Queen, and I guess that is often so, but it seems I was lucky.
Not even 20 minutes ago I checked my garden and there were like 20 Queens and much more other Ants flying around and running on the ground.

So, I didn´t had to destroy Nests and kill Ants for this. I wouldn't even do that even if I had to!

Right now, those Queens, I honestly don´t know if those already mated, some workers and also Ants to mate.
Even through I pretty much kidnapped them those guys are still into it...
I still don´t have a correct box for them, so I just took them into tiny a container 18x10x9cm with some hanky pieces, some sticks and sugar.

If you have some Ideas to help me just write me!

PrinceAnt
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Joined: Sun Jul 01, 2018 8:36 am
Location: Philippines

Re: Hey there!

Post: # 40802Post PrinceAnt
Thu Jul 12, 2018 8:28 am

Hello! :D I suggest you put a moist cotton ball so that they can drink some water. Tap water is fine.

Did you put some workers to mate with the queen *Sorry, I didn't quite understand that part*? Well, that doesn't how things kinda work. Queens mate through the air and they are mated by drones (male ants) that are also winged ants that are smaller and looks like a wasp.

Here are some signs the queen is mated:
1. Her gaster (the back) is enlarged.
2. She often cleans her gaster.

It's best to check those signs after catching the queen shortly. Just make sure not to stress the queen by either bright light or through continous rapid vibration.

Kealthas
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Joined: Thu Jul 12, 2018 4:49 am
Location: Germany

Re: Hey there!

Post: # 40804Post Kealthas
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:12 am

Ah, thank you very much, drones was the word I was searching for. In germany we call those male ants "Prinz" means Prince and I also catched some of them.

I put some kitchen paper in water for the Ants, right after I put that into the container they sucked the water out of it and started washing themself on top of it.

I also saw one Queen cleaning her gaster. Even through it could only be one of those 8 Queens I catcked.
By the way, then they still were 3 Queens 2 began to fight and one got bitten, but now they all act friendly on each other.
They are a huge group now with like 3 drones and some workers taking care of them.

Thanks for giving me those tipps!

PrinceAnt
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Re: Hey there!

Post: # 40933Post PrinceAnt
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:27 am

Kealthas wrote:
Thu Jul 12, 2018 9:12 am
Ah, thank you very much, drones was the word I was searching for. In germany we call those male ants "Prinz" means Prince and I also catched some of them.

I put some kitchen paper in water for the Ants, right after I put that into the container they sucked the water out of it and started washing themself on top of it.

I also saw one Queen cleaning her gaster. Even through it could only be one of those 8 Queens I catcked.
By the way, then they still were 3 Queens 2 began to fight and one got bitten, but now they all act friendly on each other.
They are a huge group now with like 3 drones and some workers taking care of them.

Thanks for giving me those tipps!
Well, no problem :D We're here to help each other.

Well, the queens that fought probably came from different colonies. But those that finally got along with each other probably belonged to a single colony. Keep taking care of them. Put them somewhere dark and free from vibration.

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