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My Formica subsericea colony.


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#1 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 8 2021 - 9:12 AM

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Hello everyone! I am new to this forum(not to ant keeping), and I would like to share about my formica colony. I caught my queen in august but she never layed eggs until late september. I was going to set her free but when I went to do it she had an egg! :D So I kept her. The next month she raised 2 nanitics, and now she has survived hibernation and she layed 2 more eggs. I have been feeding the mealworms and cricket legs. But as seeing a lot of other ant jounrals( not all) the queens end up dying at the end, and the the keepers find a new queen next nuptial flight. I'm not saying that going to happen to my colony tho... :thinking: I will include pics as soon as a can.



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Hello everyone! I am new to this forum(not to ant keeping), and I would like to share about my formica colony. I caught my queen in august but she never layed eggs until late september. I was going to set her free but when I went to do it she had an egg! :D So I kept her. The next month she raised 2 nanitics, and now she has survived hibernation and she layed 2 more eggs. I have been feeding the mealworms and cricket legs. But as seeing a lot of other ant jounrals( not all) the queens end up dying at the end, and the the keepers find a new queen next nuptial flight. I'm not saying that going to happen to my colony tho... :thinking: I will include pics as soon as a can.

formica are an easier species to keep AS LONG AS YOU FEED THEM OFTEN!!! that is the key. so i would get them a small outworld, and feed them like every other day.


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#3 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 8 2021 - 9:31 AM

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Yes, a lot of people's queens die. This is can be for many reasons, but a big one is that common sense is not that common. Do your research and follow best practices for ant-keeping, and you'll do great.


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#4 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 8 2021 - 4:32 PM

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Thanks for the advice. I have an outworld but my colony is only a colony of 2 so I wasn't sure if they were big enough for an outworld yet. And yes mine do eat a lot.


Edit: 2 workers and a queen and 1 egg.


I will post pictures soon.



#5 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 8 2021 - 4:48 PM

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Prior to this morning nothing new has happened, but when I checked on them today, they an picked up the tube, I noticed that they were rather more clumsy then my other ants. And shy.



#6 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 8 2021 - 4:53 PM

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And one question, how long does it take for a formica egg to turn into a worker?



#7 Offline ANTdrew - Posted March 8 2021 - 5:15 PM

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Five to six weeks, but it can even be faster.

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#8 Offline MinigunL5 - Posted March 8 2021 - 10:03 PM

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Thanks for the advice. I have an outworld but my colony is only a colony of 2 so I wasn't sure if they were big enough for an outworld yet. And yes mine do eat a lot.
Edit: 2 workers and a queen and 1 egg.
I will post pictures soon.

They don't need an outworld with only 2 workers. Just feed sugars on a piece of baking paper or foil. Also, cut off the excess insides for the insect parts you give your ants so it doesn't get on their tube.

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ANTS I KEEP:

Formica subsericea queen with 2 workersLasius aphidicola queens-Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen| Camponotus novaeboracensis queen with ~35 workers10 Solenopsis molesta queens (together) with 5-10 workers| Lasius cf. neoniger queens| Apheonogaster fulva queenBrachymyrmex depilis queen| Myrmica cf. punctiventris queenStenamma brevicorne queen


#9 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 9 2021 - 4:55 AM

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Ok thanks. I want my colony to grow up big but I know that will take a while. Pheidole eggs turn into workers a lot quicker.

 

Five to six weeks, but it can even be faster.


I will post pictures today.



#10 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 9 2021 - 9:22 AM

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 Here are the pics of my colony.


There are eggs also, but you just can't see them in the pic.



#11 Online Kaelwizard - Posted March 9 2021 - 9:30 AM

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Nice! The queen looks healthy and fat.


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#12 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 9 2021 - 10:27 AM

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yup she is. I fed them a mealworm and some honey yesterday.



#13 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 9 2021 - 11:43 AM

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I am going to be catching a lot more queens this year so I will soon be starting more journals! :D



#14 Online Kaelwizard - Posted March 9 2021 - 11:50 AM

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I am going to be catching a lot more queens this year so I will soon be starting more journals! :D

Good luck! I'm going to try to limit myself on how many I catch this year since half of them don't survive and I end up releasing some of the ones that do.



#15 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 9 2021 - 1:39 PM

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Well when I don't catch enough queens all of mine end up dying.

 

 

I am going to be catching a lot more queens this year so I will soon be starting more journals! :D

Good luck! I'm going to try to limit myself on how many I catch this year since half of them don't survive and I end up releasing some of the ones that do.

 



#16 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 10 2021 - 3:51 AM

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This journal is doing a lot better then my other one with the pictures.



#17 Online Kaelwizard - Posted March 10 2021 - 5:25 AM

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This journal is doing a lot better then my other one with the pictures.

Well they are a much larger species. Even so, that picture is way better than the other ones.



#18 Offline Antcatcherpro3 - Posted March 10 2021 - 6:25 AM

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Yes. If my other test tube had no dirt in the tube it would be easier. But they are so attched and settled into their home I didn't want to disturb them at risk hurting the queen or losing the brood.



#19 Offline 8NIN8 - Posted March 10 2021 - 6:54 AM

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Hi, Everyone - I’m so happy to see this particular topic. I expect to receive a Formica subsericea colony from Tar Heel Ants soon. I’m new to ant keeping as an adult, but had colonies when I was a child.

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Hi, Everyone - I’m so happy to see this particular topic. I expect to receive a Formica subsericea colony from Tar Heel Ants soon. I’m new to ant keeping as an adult, but had colonies when I was a child.

It seems a lot of people are now that he is selling them. 






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