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#1 Offline Michaelofvancouver - Posted June 4 2014 - 8:03 PM

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So, I found this queen back at the beginning of May. Here's a pic from right after I caught her.

 
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I'm quite surprised by how fast her brood has been developing, she has medium/large larvae already! I think her brood is actually a little faster than my Lasius queens from last year!
 
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I have pretty high hopes for this queen, since she's the only non-Lasius queen I've caught in my anting "career". I love the size of these ants, no more squinting to check up on the brood!  :D
 
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#2 Offline LAnt - Posted June 5 2014 - 8:08 AM

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What is she in?
 



#3 Offline Michaelofvancouver - Posted June 5 2014 - 7:46 PM

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She's in a two-story Haven. 

When do you think her colony would get big enough to need a bigger formicarium? Hopefully not in the next 2 years, since I have already used up my budget for anting (until I get a job).  :P


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#4 Offline Crystals - Posted June 6 2014 - 6:02 AM

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Cut some grass or shovel some snow for the elderly.  :D  That was my spending money growing up.  Probably 3 years before they outgrow the formicarium, but Camponotus simply send extra workers to create outposts in the outworld.


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#5 Offline dermy - Posted June 6 2014 - 12:02 PM

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My neighbor asked me to cut his grass, if you want you can :P.

 

Looks really good, hope she does well, I missed the flights I think :(.



#6 Offline Michaelofvancouver - Posted June 6 2014 - 3:30 PM

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Dermy: Awww, maybe you can still find one by peeling the bark on rotting trees.

 

Crystals: Our townhouse complex has staff members who mow all the lawns. As for snow, there's a few months to go before that happens again!  :P


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#7 Offline dermy - Posted June 6 2014 - 5:28 PM

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Yeah, don't get me started on winter again :kill: :sick:



#8 Offline LAnt - Posted June 6 2014 - 5:33 PM

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 Our townhouse complex has staff members who mow all the lawns.

 

THAT'S CRAZY!  :o



#9 Offline Michaelofvancouver - Posted June 6 2014 - 8:36 PM

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LOL, why is it crazy? They get paid with rent money.  :P

 

I have noticed some very weird behavior with this queen. She seems to have a craving for water! Everytime I moisturize her nest, she runs around to wherever the water is, and starts "licking" it. Once, I even sprayed water on the outworld portion of her Haven, and she ran outside just to drink water!

Any thoughts on this behavior?


Here's my leopard gecko/ant youtube: https://goo.gl/cRAFbK

 

My ant website.

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I currently keep:

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Formica podzolica


#10 Offline Crystals - Posted June 7 2014 - 5:53 AM

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She is thirsty.

Try keeping the humidity higher or have some water for her to drink in the outworld.  You don't want her to get dehydrated.


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#11 Offline Michaelofvancouver - Posted June 7 2014 - 8:18 AM

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I moisturize the haven every 2 days. Is that not often enough?

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#12 Offline Mads - Posted June 7 2014 - 9:40 AM

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If she keeps running around and drinking water droplets every time you add water then it needs to be done more often, or you need to add more at a time.

 

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#13 Offline dermy - Posted June 7 2014 - 10:52 AM

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I think you need a better watering system if she is drinking that much! What is the amount of water absorbed by the Y-tong?



#14 Offline Michaelofvancouver - Posted June 7 2014 - 10:54 AM

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Almost all of it is absorbed by the Ytong. I spray half a syringe of water in each watering hole every time. I think the problem is that one of the watering holes isn't working properly, so only half of the nest is ever moisturized at a time.


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Here's my leopard gecko/ant youtube: https://goo.gl/cRAFbK

 

My ant website.

It contains a lot of information about ants, guides, videos, links, and more!

If you have any feedback, please post here or PM me, don't be shy!

 

I currently keep:

Camponotus modoc

Formica podzolica


#15 Offline Cole - Posted June 7 2014 - 7:36 PM

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Hi Michael do you mind if I ask you where you get the ytong to build your nests? I can't seem to find it anywhere.



#16 Offline LAnt - Posted June 7 2014 - 9:41 PM

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#17 Offline Crystals - Posted June 8 2014 - 6:32 AM

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Read the thread

Chances are he is not familiar enough with the ant community to know that "Haven" is a pre-built ytong nest from TarHeelAnts.

 

Cole, he bought the nest from another person.  Tarheelants.com does sell ytong, but shipping costs can kill.  Firebrick (K-23 refractory brick) is a similar material that is much easier to find, just ask the local pottery places.


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#18 Offline Cole - Posted June 8 2014 - 7:27 AM

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Okay, cool. Thanks.



#19 Offline Michaelofvancouver - Posted June 9 2014 - 10:44 AM

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This queen now has pupae! 
Yesterday morning, I saw that the queen has dragged some sand from the outworld into her nest.

queencamp

 
She was also moving her brood around a lot more.

broodmove

 
I went shopping during the day, and when I came back in the afternoon, I saw that my queen had her first 2 pupae!

campq

 
 
Wow! This queen has gone from egg to pupa in a month! That's actually faster than my Lasius colony from last year. So much for slow growth.   :D 


Here's my leopard gecko/ant youtube: https://goo.gl/cRAFbK

 

My ant website.

It contains a lot of information about ants, guides, videos, links, and more!

If you have any feedback, please post here or PM me, don't be shy!

 

I currently keep:

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Formica podzolica


#20 Offline Mathiacus - Posted June 9 2014 - 11:47 AM

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Wow. She is a beauty! I am happy to see her going so well. Did you get your moisture problem sorted?

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