Looking at getting into Ant Keeping and need some info

Questions from those who are just starting or considering getting into the ant keeping hobby. If you’re intimidated or confused by the in-depth posts of the other sections of this forum, feel free to post here, and we'll start from square one!

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Looking at getting into Ant Keeping and need some info

Post: # 11062Post Vilemouse
Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:52 am

First off..
Can queens still be found in australia? specifically Queensland.. being spring i would assume so but im VERY noobish at this so i really don't have a clue.

Second... I know the most common ants would either be meat ants or the sugar ants and i would like to know how long they normally take the form a decent size colony.

Any info would be amazing and can't wait to hear your replies.

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Re: Looking at getting into Ant Keeping and need some info

Post: # 11071Post Martialis
Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:54 am

Vilemouse wrote:First off..
Can queens still be found in australia? specifically Queensland.. being spring i would assume so but im VERY noobish at this so i really don't have a clue.

Second... I know the most common ants would either be meat ants or the sugar ants and i would like to know how long they normally take the form a decent size colony.

Any info would be amazing and can't wait to hear your replies.
Yes, there are queens everywhere. You might look out for Myrmecia, or the bull/bulldog ants. They might be easy to keep.
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Re: Looking at getting into Ant Keeping and need some info

Post: # 11098Post Vilemouse
Wed Sep 14, 2016 1:12 am

Martialis wrote:
Vilemouse wrote:First off..
Can queens still be found in australia? specifically Queensland.. being spring i would assume so but im VERY noobish at this so i really don't have a clue.

Second... I know the most common ants would either be meat ants or the sugar ants and i would like to know how long they normally take the form a decent size colony.

Any info would be amazing and can't wait to hear your replies.
Yes, there are queens everywhere. You might look out for Myrmecia, or the bull/bulldog ants. They might be easy to keep.
Awesome, you wouldn't happen to know a rough time when they will stop flying/go back under ground

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Re: Looking at getting into Ant Keeping and need some info

Post: # 11101Post idahoantgirl
Wed Sep 14, 2016 9:27 am

Vilemouse wrote:
Martialis wrote:
Vilemouse wrote:First off..
Can queens still be found in australia? specifically Queensland.. being spring i would assume so but im VERY noobish at this so i really don't have a clue.

Second... I know the most common ants would either be meat ants or the sugar ants and i would like to know how long they normally take the form a decent size colony.

Any info would be amazing and can't wait to hear your replies.
Yes, there are queens everywhere. You might look out for Myrmecia, or the bull/bulldog ants. They might be easy to keep.
Awesome, you wouldn't happen to know a rough time when they will stop flying/go back under ground
watch this video. Its from AntsCanada and has Australia's nuptual flight schedule in it.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

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Re: Looking at getting into Ant Keeping and need some info

Post: # 11103Post Vilemouse
Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:59 pm

Which video? i don't think you linked it mate

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Re: Looking at getting into Ant Keeping and need some info

Post: # 11109Post AntsRule
Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:43 pm

Martialis wrote:
Vilemouse wrote:First off..
Can queens still be found in australia? specifically Queensland.. being spring i would assume so but im VERY noobish at this so i really don't have a clue.

Second... I know the most common ants would either be meat ants or the sugar ants and i would like to know how long they normally take the form a decent size colony.

Any info would be amazing and can't wait to hear your replies.
Yes, there are queens everywhere. You might look out for Myrmecia, or the bull/bulldog ants. They might be easy to keep.
Are you sure about Myrmecia? They have one of the most venomous stings in the world and are super aggressive, not a beginner species. :)
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Re: Looking at getting into Ant Keeping and need some info

Post: # 11111Post Martialis
Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:55 pm

AntsRule wrote:
Martialis wrote:
Vilemouse wrote:First off..
Can queens still be found in australia? specifically Queensland.. being spring i would assume so but im VERY noobish at this so i really don't have a clue.

Second... I know the most common ants would either be meat ants or the sugar ants and i would like to know how long they normally take the form a decent size colony.

Any info would be amazing and can't wait to hear your replies.
Yes, there are queens everywhere. You might look out for Myrmecia, or the bull/bulldog ants. They might be easy to keep.
Are you sure about Myrmecia? They have one of the most venomous stings in the world and are super aggressive, not a beginner species. :)
Yeah.. lol. Try the sugar ants and meat ants first. I only said them because they keep small colonies, and I thought they might be easier to keep because of that.
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Re: Looking at getting into Ant Keeping and need some info

Post: # 11113Post Batspiderfish
Wed Sep 14, 2016 8:20 pm

Keep an eye out for the iridescent Iridomyrmex, for sure!
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Re: Looking at getting into Ant Keeping and need some info

Post: # 11126Post Vilemouse
Thu Sep 15, 2016 5:45 am

Batspiderfish wrote:Keep an eye out for the iridescent Iridomyrmex, for sure!
Awesome, i will be!

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Re: Looking at getting into Ant Keeping and need some info

Post: # 11133Post idahoantgirl
Thu Sep 15, 2016 9:05 am

Vilemouse wrote:Which video? i don't think you linked it mate
oh sorry! here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WfaK8TvM0qA sorry again :lol:
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

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