this journal will feature another colony of mine, my young but very active Lasius niger colony.
This species is the species that got me into ant keeping and will always have a special place in my heart.
Just a few Infos about this species:
queen: usually one per colony, 8-9mm long and black with a brownish shine
workers: 3-5mm large, black or dark brown
colony size: around 50.000, large colonies are very aggressive and will often attack and kill other colonies in their territory
habitat: open meadows, especially abundant in city areas, often nest under sidewalk plates and stones
diet: insects(large colonies are very successful hunters), Carian, Honeydew in captivity sugar/honey water are a good substitute
I got this colony from a friend of mine ho sadly had to give up ant keeping. I gladly took them.
They are currently being kept in a small plastic container with a test-tube and 8cm of sand.
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They keep some of their brood in the test tube and some (mostly bigger larvae) in the dirt nest.
I am not really a fan of this setup so I plan to move them into a homemade plaster nest with a glass outworld. First I am going to let the sand dry out, so the ants will move all of their brood into the test tube which I am then going to put into the new setup, once it's finished. I am still in the planning phase and waiting on a few packages from AntStore.
But now need to rush since the colony is thriving right now and as you can see the queen is laying loads of eggs.
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All this brood needs to feed too, so they have quite an appetite.
This is the normal recruitment whenever I give them something to eat.
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I mostly feed them flies, red runner roaches, mealworms as well as crickets. For carbohydrates, they have 24/7 access to diluted maple syrup which they really like.
This colonie is really fun to keep and quickly captured my heart. This really takes me back to the roots, to when I first started ant keeping.
The next update will probably follow once I have their new setup build and a better overview of how large the colony is.