Wood Formicarium

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Gremoogle
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Wood Formicarium

Post: # 72913Post Gremoogle
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

TherealIABAST
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Re: Wood Formicarium

Post: # 72917Post TherealIABAST
Sat Aug 08, 2020 5:25 pm

Hm, I doubt camponotus would chew through if the wood isn’t rotted, but I’d give it to a lasius just in case.

Hawkeye
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Re: Wood Formicarium

Post: # 73051Post Hawkeye
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?

JennaFF
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Re: Wood Formicarium

Post: # 86738Post JennaFF
Tue Jan 11, 2022 8:54 am

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.

SolenopsisKeeper
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Re: Wood Formicarium

Post: # 86826Post SolenopsisKeeper
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
Currently Keeping:
Solenopsis invicta
Camponotus floridanus
Odontomachus ruginodis

Currently founding:
Solenopsis invicta
Odontomachus ruginodis

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AntsAntsAnts
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Location: Australia

Re: Wood Formicarium

Post: # 87076Post AntsAntsAnts
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

SolenopsisKeeper
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Location: United States, Florida

Re: Wood Formicarium

Post: # 87083Post SolenopsisKeeper
Tue Jan 18, 2022 11:09 pm

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.
Currently Keeping:
Solenopsis invicta
Camponotus floridanus
Odontomachus ruginodis

Currently founding:
Solenopsis invicta
Odontomachus ruginodis

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AntsAntsAnts
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Location: Australia

Re: Wood Formicarium

Post: # 87114Post AntsAntsAnts
Wed Jan 19, 2022 6:20 pm

AC said they just spit the thing out

SolenopsisKeeper
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Re: Wood Formicarium

Post: # 87122Post SolenopsisKeeper
Wed Jan 19, 2022 9:47 pm

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)
Currently Keeping:
Solenopsis invicta
Camponotus floridanus
Odontomachus ruginodis

Currently founding:
Solenopsis invicta
Odontomachus ruginodis

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AntsAntsAnts
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Re: Wood Formicarium

Post: # 87127Post AntsAntsAnts
Thu Jan 20, 2022 3:38 am

yes

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