Hello, I'm a 63 yr. old grandpa living in Rockford MI, who has a 3 yr. old grandson that is very taken with the sidewalk crack ants. So I thought I'd look into an ant farm like the ones I seen as a kid. For $16 on Amazon. I thought starting something would gives us hours of watching together.
I ran across the Tar Heel Ants site and must say, I didn't realize that raising an ant colony could be so expensive!
So what do I know about ants, basically there are the little sweet ants that seem to invade the counter tops in the kitchen every summer during canning season. Then there are the sidewalk crack ants, the big black ants in the wood pile, and the large red ant hills found in the meadows (those mean biting buggers!). That's it. I've raised honey bees for many years and see that the life cycle of these two insects have much in common.
So, what is it I'm looking to do. Well I'd like to start two colonies, one of black ants, and one of red for the grandson and I to watch. I'm overwhelmed at the moment on what equipment is needed. It seems it's all based on the type of ant one wants to raise. Then there is the inception chambers, founding chambers, and their different sizes.
And of course the ants themselves! I'd like to get a couple different ants that have different observable traits that distinguish them from one another and from just being ants of different color. I see many of you folks have different strains of ants, but I always see this warning that one can only have ants native to where they live, on pain of imprisonment and/or death! LOL So how does one go about getting their ants? I don't want to drive no 500 miles just to get a test tube with a dozen ants in it! I'm still searching for the Ants for Dummies video on YouTube that shows how one should start out. You have this type of ant, you need this size equipment to start and as the colony grows, you move up to this equipment. What about the inception and founding chambers I mentioned above, when do those come into play and what size? Pretty much overwhelmed at the moment!
Thank you in advance for listening and any advice you can offer.
Edited by Rick54, May 19 2017 - 7:41 AM.