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Oak Galls as nests

formicaria oak gall natural material

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#61 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted August 16 2021 - 12:20 PM


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that is so cool and cute

#62 Offline skocko76 - Posted October 7 2021 - 12:54 AM


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My ants migrated to a closed gall (two halves connected together) after overgrowing the half I had fixed on the side of the outworld.

I kicked out some squatters in the gall and inspected the hollows. It's fascinating, with it's support threads....a bit like Sagrada Familia.

It's quite hollow, with the support threads holding stability, like a skeleton. It's not brittle at all.

The photo does not do it justice. It's a pittly you can't really see it when packed with hundreds of ants.



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#63 Offline MysticNanitic - Posted October 7 2021 - 4:21 PM


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I’ve never seen one cut neatly in half. Sagrada familia indeed! Like a little starship. What a great example of the wonderful evolutionary entanglement of plant and insect.
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#64 Offline futurebird - Posted October 7 2021 - 8:01 PM


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I wonder if my nylandria would like this? hmm it might not be moist enough... but it's the perfect size. 

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#65 Offline ANTdrew - Posted October 8 2021 - 2:04 AM


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I wonder if my nylandria would like this? hmm it might not be moist enough... but it's the perfect size.

They do nest in hollow nuts in the wild.
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