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boreynorthwind
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Lasius Niger behaving in a strange way

Post: # 58301Post boreynorthwind
Wed May 15, 2019 10:11 pm

Hi! I recently got a colony of Lasius Niger. They currently have around 20 workers. I keep them in a test tube placed into an outworld. The thing is, they are behaving in a very strange way... They built a thick layer of sand in the test tube. It's basically a wall that seperates them from the outworld... They also never come out. I have placed honey and small insects in the outworld but most of the time they never eat them. Sometimes one ant walks past, touches it, and comes back to the test tube. I don't think the worker was laying down pheromones because none of the others came outside. Is this normal for ants?

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Re: Lasius Niger behaving in a strange way

Post: # 58317Post JoeHostile1
Thu May 16, 2019 7:33 am

As long as you’re offering them enough food they eat exactly the amount of food that they want to. They built the wall because the test tube opening is too large for them.

Try giving them sugar water. Honey is pretty dangerous for tiny Lasius.
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Re: Lasius Niger behaving in a strange way

Post: # 58335Post AntsDakota
Thu May 16, 2019 6:48 pm

boreynorthwind wrote:
Wed May 15, 2019 10:11 pm
Hi! I recently got a colony of Lasius Niger. They currently have around 20 workers. I keep them in a test tube placed into an outworld. The thing is, they are behaving in a very strange way... They built a thick layer of sand in the test tube. It's basically a wall that seperates them from the outworld... They also never come out. I have placed honey and small insects in the outworld but most of the time they never eat them. Sometimes one ant walks past, touches it, and comes back to the test tube. I don't think the worker was laying down pheromones because none of the others came outside. Is this normal for ants?
A colony that small can gorge themselves with food, and not need to eat again for quite a while. And the smaller the colony, the more timid the workers, for every worker at this stage is precious to the survival of the colony.
"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

boreynorthwind
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Re: Lasius Niger behaving in a strange way

Post: # 58380Post boreynorthwind
Sat May 18, 2019 7:15 am

So are they okay?

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Re: Lasius Niger behaving in a strange way

Post: # 58381Post boreynorthwind
Sat May 18, 2019 7:17 am

JoeHostile1 wrote:
Thu May 16, 2019 7:33 am
As long as you’re offering them enough food they eat exactly the amount of food that they want to. They built the wall because the test tube opening is too large for them.

Try giving them sugar water. Honey is pretty dangerous for tiny Lasius.
Ok I'll try that. Thanks! Also can I feed them fruits like small pieces of apple?

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Re: Lasius Niger behaving in a strange way

Post: # 58478Post WillWithAnts
Mon May 20, 2019 4:38 pm

Yes, you can!

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