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Re: Lasius niger 1 - Anne

Post by formica123 on Sun Aug 16, 2015 4:56 pm

if its a very small colony that works ^

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Re: Lasius niger 1 - Anne

Post by dermy on Sun Aug 16, 2015 5:01 pm

Yeah I don't like over-feeding small colonies.
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Re: Lasius niger 1 - Anne

Post by laziusniger on Sun Aug 16, 2015 5:09 pm

Just got into antkeeping less than two months - Anne was my first queen and arrived on the 16th June.

It's difficult to adjust to how much patience you need to display, sometimes. Wink

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Post by dermy on Sun Aug 16, 2015 5:12 pm

You sure do have a pretty large and growing collection then for someone who has just 2 months of experince!
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Re: Lasius niger 1 - Anne

Post by laziusniger on Sun Aug 16, 2015 5:14 pm

Only partly by choice - I was expecting one colony from Anthouse and got three, then the three flavus queens pretty much jumped me without my needing to look for them! Very Happy

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Re: Lasius niger 1 - Anne

Post by dermy on Sun Aug 16, 2015 5:15 pm

Yeah I "bite off more then I can chew" this year.
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Post by laziusniger on Sun Oct 25, 2015 5:01 am

An update on Anne's colony: they seem to be doing well, continuing to build up their little nest (in a most inconvenient way for viewing! Rolling Eyes ) over the last few weeks. I've not noticed them eating much, but then there aren't many of them at the moment - maybe they just don't need much?

Here's a couple of pictures of the nest:

23rd August:


25th October:

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Post by dermy on Sun Oct 25, 2015 1:40 pm

Looking good, since it's almost winter they may just be slowing down on eating, preparing for Hibernation.
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Re: Lasius niger 1 - Anne

Post by Xeno on Sun Oct 25, 2015 4:45 pm

Nice colony You have there lazius

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Post by laziusniger on Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:29 am

Update on Anne - they moved house into the now vacated AntStore.es formicarium:



Not bad for 8 months. Very Happy

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Post by dermy on Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:40 am

That colony is getting pretty huge nice to see it again!


I bet they will get even bigger this season!

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Post by laziusniger on Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:14 pm

The weather's warming up, so time for an update. Sorry for the grainy pictures, I really need to see whether I can get the macro function on my camera working at this scale. My old one had a super-macro function which would have been great, but this one seems to lack that.

Anyway, they've settled down a bit and started to spread out, and also seem to be completely unbothered by light. I'm rather happy about that last one, as it makes viewing them much easier!

I've not seen more than one or two ants visiting the honey-water dispenser at the top, but they all look to have nice fuller gasters, so they must be going at some point. Anne has laid quite a lot of eggs, so I decided to put in a few shreds of ham to replenish her protein stocks. They dragged them down eagerly - hopefully that'll be enough for lots of new exoskeletons!



There is a second pile of eggs around the corner:



It's a shame the eggs don't stand out a bit more. I'm trying to knock up a few more homemade plaster nests and will be looking into non-toxic ways of staining it so that both ants and eggs contrast nicely - perhaps a pale brown, or a darker brown for the other flavus queen and her daughters?

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Re: Lasius niger 1 - Anne

Post by dermy on Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:41 pm

I think it's just a matter of time before they start foraging more, since the queen has started laying again Smile


Either way nice to see the colony, don't worry much about pic quality, the main thing is that you can easily see the ants and it's not that hard to see the eggs either!


Good luck with them, your probably going to be needing a larger formicarium in the next few months with them Smile

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