Great video - can't tell what it is unfortunately, but you're right that photo does not look like Aphaenogaster.
Strangley enough my colony is around 100+ workers and they forage all the time - yes a lot more late afternoon/dusk but during the day you can see them running around
I have a small batch of Camponotus Humilior and they don't do anything while I'm awake and are very timid, so I'm off nocturnal ants for now...
Just some ants I picked up to try out.
So I'm hoping to get me a Pheidole queen soon, but they haven't flown yet... one of the nest in my backyard that has a huge dirt pile went crazy over a nearby bird dropping yesterday....
And I just noticed that there is one red Pheidole smaller species nest, 2 feet away from 2 Black Pheidole nests, larger species.
Until recently I would feed the black Pheidole some crushed nuts and they would eat it in peace, but recently , even if the nuts are right on the nest entrance, the red Pheidole
would bum rush the nuts and just dominate it, and kill any majors that try and defend.
The red ones are definitely more aggressive and dominant even if they are smaller.
Apart from the above, I have a Strobe ant queen + brood (real slow growth), 2 queenless Aeneopilosus workers + eggs (queen died), and a Melophorus SP. queen and workers coming.
Pheidole will be a nice and easy one to look after, just seeds and nuts etc.
All fun,active, quirky and interesting ants, and most are cute in some way, apart from the Aeneopilosus
Edited by CoolColJ, March 13 2018 - 1:21 AM.