Back at the end of October, my daughter and I captured 6 little queens from the many dashing about trying to find a good spot to burrow in the sand between the bricks on our driveway.
5 survived the experience; kiddo is only 7 and a bit… pinchy…
Pictured is one of the casualties + one who revived.
I have 4 of them in test tubes in the red perspex test tube holder (from Ants Everything), and for one of those I'm trying the Tar Heel Ants test tube insert (via Ant Keeping Depot). Number 5 is in the little AntKit AntHome founding formicarium (also from AKD).
It was suggested to me that based on my terrible photo they were probably some sort of Melophorus sp.
Having googled better photos for comparison with our captive girls and with ants that are common in our yard this seems likely.
I'm pretty happy with the red test tube holder! For only $15 my ants are comfy and I can watch them, and it seem pretty sturdy so it should get a decent amount of use.
The queen in the founding formicarium hasn't laid — I didn't plug up the entrance to her tube until recently, so it's possible her chamber just didn't build up enough humidity for her liking? I feel like I've let her down.
The queen with the tube insert is one of the 2 most productive — her competition is a queen with a few pinches of sand in her tube. Both have about 8 or 9 brood of various sizes.
Runner up has about 5, and then there's one who still seems to just have a small pile of eggs.
My question is… once their brood… ants… how quickly do I need to get them into an outworld? What do they need from me? Protein? Sugar? Water?
These are the first queens we've captured, so it's all new!
Edited by justanotheramy, January 23 2020 - 9:44 PM.