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#1 Offline Antlover23 - Posted May 3 2022 - 4:28 PM

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Hi! I am planning to capture a Black Carpenter ant, but for the formicarium, I want to make it dirt based. Will this work? 

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#2 Offline Manitobant - Posted May 3 2022 - 5:13 PM

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No. Camponotus pennsylvanicus nest in wood, not dirt, as their common name suggests. I’d recommend buying a professional formicarium from somewhere like tar heel ants or arthropod antics.
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#3 Offline ZTYguy - Posted May 3 2022 - 5:35 PM

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You could Aldo’s go with a natural wood formicarium from Foranto but any of the nests that Manitobant named are great.
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#4 Offline Antlover23 - Posted May 3 2022 - 6:02 PM

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So would you suggest that I rather go for a type of pavement ant? (tetramorium caespitum)



#5 Offline ColAnt735 - Posted May 3 2022 - 6:18 PM

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So would you suggest that I rather go for a type of pavement ant? (tetramorium caespitum)

Generally I wouldn't use a dirt based formicarium unless the species of ants require it as I like to watch my ants and dirt based setups kick visibility to the curb. Another reason I wouldn't move ants into a dirt setup is because the tunnels can collapse potentially being lethal to your ants. You can move the Pavement ants into the dirt setup but I wouldn't for reasons I listed earlier. Also the pavement ants found in North America are known as Tetramorium immigrans not Tetramorium caespitum.


Edited by ColAnt735, May 3 2022 - 6:43 PM.

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Keeping ants since 2020 

I keep:

Myrmicinae: Solenopsis molesta( 2 queens). Tetramorium immigrans ( 3 colonies with the biggest nearing 800 workers!),

Crematogaster cerasi  :yahoo:  ( 1 colony with a worker). Temnothorax  curvispinosus ( 1 queen with colony of 2 workers).

Formicinae: Prenolepis imparis ( 2 single queen colonies). Lasius brevicornis  :yahoo:( 19 founding queens) haven't seen many journals of them. Lasius Neoniger (a founding queen).Formica incerta( 1 colony with 22 workers)

 

Previously kept: Pogonomyrmex occidentalis   ( 1 colony with 9 workers). 

 

As you can tell I like ants


#6 Offline Antlover23 - Posted May 4 2022 - 4:06 AM

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Oh ok thanks!







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