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My Formicarium Designs For All My Ants

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#1 Offline CloudtheDinosaurKing - Posted December 6 2018 - 11:54 AM


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I'm sort of a perfectionist and I get angered if something is not perfect, that's why I am not pleased with my current formicariums and I want to make a much better design for all of their nests. I want everything to be as accurate to their nests in the wild as possible, but I still want to be able to see everything that goes on inside of the nests. For all of the soil dwelling species I own, I want to make nests out of hydrostone and lined with their preferred soil type. I want them to be similar to the ones Ray Mendez makes for his ants. That's really what I'm going for. I want to be able to light them from the top so I can get some good footage of them and some nice videos for YouTube documentaries on my channel, Ferox Formicae. For my twig nesting species, what I am already doing is cutting open the twigs that the ants inhabit and carving out the soft interior with a knife. I have already done it for my Colobosis obliqua colony, but I am going to let them hibernate before they move in. I am really excited to make the nest for my Cyphomyrmex rimosus as I plan on creating some nice fungus chamber for them. I am very excited to start on these nests, and I will probably start this weekend.

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  • Aphaenogaster carolinensis; 1 queen, >35 workers
  • Aphaenogaster lamellidens; 1 queen, 20 workers
  • Aphaenogaster rudis; 1 queen, >15 workers
  • Camponotus americanus; 1 queen
  • Camponotus chromaiodes; 1 queen
  • Camponotus nearcticus; 3 queens
  • Camponotus nearcticus; 1 queen, 16 workers
  • Camponotus nearcticus; 1 queen, 18 workers
  • Camponotus snellingi; 2 queens
  • Camponotus snellingi; 1 queen, 29 workers
  • Colobopsis impressa; queenless for the time being, >45 workers
  • Crematogaster ashmeadi; 1 queen
  • Pheidole bicarinata; 1 queen, >50 workers
  • Pheidole dentata; 1 queen, >45 workers
  • Solenopsis invicta; 10 queens
  • Strumigenys louisianae; 1 queen, 1 worker
  • Temnothorax curvispinosus; 2 queens
  • Trachymyrmex septentrionalis; 1 queen, >350 workers


              Top Species to Collect:


  • Camponotus socius
  • Cephalotes varians
  • Colobopsis mississippiensis
  • Cyphomyrmex rimosus
  • Discotyrea testacea
  • Neivamyrmex sp.
  • Odontomachus sp. (queenless colony with gamergate)
  • Pogonomyrmex badius
  • Proceratium sp.
  • Pseudomyrmex gracilis
  • Stigmatomma pallipes

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