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Lasius niger colony and questions

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#1 Offline CatLord - Posted February 27 2018 - 2:46 AM

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My lasius niger colony recently has been in living in a test tube placed in an outerworld and recently I've noticed them picking sand and putting it in the entrance of their test tube and when i went to check up on them today i show they had completely sealed off the test tube entrance i show a litle hole in the bottom maybe they build a sort of tunnel(the colony is small aproximetaly 20 workers i show a lot of eggs today so is this normal behaviour?(i have also covered they're test tube with leaf)thanks guys its my first colony and i want to learn as much as i can about it!



#2 Offline Serafine - Posted February 27 2018 - 6:35 AM

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It is normal for young colonies. When the storage depots (social stomachs) are full they often close the nest entrance so other colonies cannot find and kill them.
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#3 Offline CatLord - Posted February 27 2018 - 7:53 AM

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oh nice so that means they're fed :) i will put worms for them if they ever want to come out worms will always be offered is that a good idea?to have fresh insects for them all the time even if they don't eat them?



#4 Offline T.C. - Posted February 27 2018 - 10:05 AM

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I've noticed a lot of colonies can appear to have completely closed off an entrance but have a small hole in that pile of whatever they used to build it. Even in my Camponotus sp. nests, they have a small hole that's hardly noticeable and even majors are going in and out of it overnight.



#5 Offline AntsMaryland - Posted February 27 2018 - 12:40 PM

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oh nice so that means they're fed :) i will put worms for them if they ever want to come out worms will always be offered is that a good idea?to have fresh insects for them all the time even if they don't eat them?

I would not recommend you feed your ants worms (if you are referring to earthworms and not mealworms of course). Try mealworms. Easy to house and breed.


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#6 Offline CatLord - Posted March 1 2018 - 9:52 AM

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Good news i show some workers on the worm no its not an earthworm its this fishing bait kind of worm called the acrobat warm and i boiled it cut some of it in pieces and then froze the rest in the freezer i (small colony 20 workers aproximetaly)i show 2-3 workers arround the worm i cut i think they ate some its their first "meal"







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