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Plan For 2014

Post by dermy on Wed Aug 13, 2014 7:20 pm

I've always wanted to try Free-Ranging an Ant Colony, this year I plan to get a few Formica Queens and boost them and try Free-Ranging out. Which is where you make the exit hole too small for the queen to leave but not the workers. Workers will forage and bring back food so I don't have to feed them [I will supplement them though if I feel they need it.]
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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:05 pm

dermy wrote:I've always wanted to try Free-Ranging an Ant Colony, this year I plan to get a few Formica Queens and boost them and try Free-Ranging out. Which is where you make the exit hole too small for the queen to leave but not the workers. Workers will forage and bring back food so I don't have to feed them [I will supplement them though if I feel they need it.]

Sounds like a good plan, Dermy. I look forward to hearing about it. Smile

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Post by dermy on Thu Aug 14, 2014 1:58 pm

Thanks, first things first I have to wait for the flights Razz
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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:09 pm

dermy wrote:Thanks, first things first I have to wait for the flights Razz
When do they happen in your town?

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Post by dermy on Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:16 pm

Anytime in August to September, hence why I have to boost them so they don't go into hibernation and because I want to test it out this year so I can make modifications in the winter if need be.
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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:19 pm

dermy wrote:Anytime in August to September, hence why I have to boost them so they don't go into hibernation and because I want to test it out this year so I can make modifications in the winter if need be.
Cool, so any day now Smile

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Post by dermy on Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:21 pm

Usually after a nice rain [not a torrential rain storm or anything just some rain!]
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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:26 pm

dermy wrote:Usually after a nice rain [not a torrential rain storm or anything just some rain!]
It was raining so hard today that I couldn't see to drive! :O

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Post by dermy on Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:27 pm

I hate when it does that, but when your at home and sitting down to drink some coffee err I mean tea at night time it's really cool, especially with some lightning and thunder.
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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:29 pm

dermy wrote:I hate when it does that, but when your at home and sitting down to drink some coffee err I mean tea at night time it's really cool, especially with some lightning and thunder.
Definitely Smile

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Post by dermy on Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:33 pm

Lasius flavus should be flying next month, but they are so hard to brood boost [I just found a colony in my neighbors yard so I could boost but I won't because I want to see them do it naturally.] I will also keep some Formica to do things naturally.
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Post by Guest on Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:34 pm

dermy wrote:Lasius flavus should be flying next month, but they are so hard to brood boost [I just found a colony in my neighbors yard so I could boost but I won't because I want to see them do it naturally.] I will also keep some Formica to do things naturally.
Lasius flavus can be difficult ants to keep due to their reluctance to show themselves Smile

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Post by dermy on Thu Aug 14, 2014 2:37 pm

Yeah, and I'm not too sure if they are Lasius flavus or Lasius neo-niger, i'll have to share some pics of the queens I catch to see what I can find out.
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