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Few Ant Related Questions

Post by MILD on Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:45 pm

So I've been reading a lot lately about "New Queens" what do these new queens look like?
What do you do to start a colony?
do you need to provide them with a "Nest"?
Is there a type of setup where you can still see the colony/queen?
What about Feeding?

Sorry I'm new to ants!

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Re: Few Ant Related Questions

Post by dermy on Thu Aug 14, 2014 3:50 pm

MILD wrote:So I've been reading a lot lately about "New Queens" what do these new queens look like?
What do you do to start a colony?
do you need to provide them with a "Nest"?
Is there a type of setup where you can still see the colony/queen?
What about Feeding?

Sorry I'm new to ants!
The new queens are the larger ants in a colony, most have wings before flying out of the nest to mate in the air with males of a different nest. It is not wise to collect these as they are most likely not mated yet and won't make a new colony sad . It's best to watch them fly and collect any that have shed their wings [not always a good marker but it's at least a 70% chance she is mated], It's best to collect more then a few queens as the success rate isn't very high.
All you need is a clear container and some moist cotton, place your queen inside and then basically wait for awhile. At this point most queens will need to be hibernated before they will lay eggs.
Yes there are many different commercial ant farms [don't use the gel ones they suck!] and also many kinds that can be made from simple items!
For the food new queens don't need food, although it doesn't hurt to give a skinny queen some honey but just a drop or two!
Here is a good site about ants, it's run by Myrm a member on here:
http://antnest.co.uk/

Hope this helps, when Myrm gets on tomorrow I bet he can help you out more!
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