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Assistance Needed with a Solenopsis Queen


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#1 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted February 7 2024 - 11:27 AM

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I have recently acquired a fire ant queen, but the main issue is that I can’t think of a good place to put her where she won’t be disturbed. All closets in the house are readily used. She’s currently has a test tube in a wooden box, with four paper towels in a bad attempt to reduce vibration. So, any help on where to put her, and how to reduce vibrations in the box will be very helpful.

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#2 Offline antsinvirgina - Posted February 7 2024 - 11:50 AM

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If you have a dresser, then I would put her in there. 



#3 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted February 7 2024 - 11:58 AM

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If you have a dresser, then I would put her in there. 

I have something similar, I'll put her in that.


Ants are small creatures... but together... they can rule the world.

 

 

I am a new Floridian ant-keeper, currently in possession of a fledgling S. Invicta colony, which can be viewed here: (A Beginning Antkeeper's) Journey of a Solenopsis Queen - Ant Keeping Journals - Ants & Myrmecology Forum (formiculture.com).


#4 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted February 7 2024 - 12:24 PM

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If you have a dresser, then I would put her in there.

I have something similar, I'll put her in that.
Yeah, and make sure to check on her weekly. Btw, what species do you think she is?

#5 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted February 7 2024 - 1:15 PM

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If you have a dresser, then I would put her in there.

I have something similar, I'll put her in that.
Yeah, and make sure to check on her weekly. Btw, what species do you think she is?

 

 

I believe it's S. invicta, which is perfect, as I have plenty of invicta colonies around to boost her with when necessary.


Ants are small creatures... but together... they can rule the world.

 

 

I am a new Floridian ant-keeper, currently in possession of a fledgling S. Invicta colony, which can be viewed here: (A Beginning Antkeeper's) Journey of a Solenopsis Queen - Ant Keeping Journals - Ants & Myrmecology Forum (formiculture.com).


#6 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted February 7 2024 - 2:53 PM

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If you have a dresser, then I would put her in there.

I have something similar, I'll put her in that.
Yeah, and make sure to check on her weekly. Btw, what species do you think she is?
 
I believe it's S. invicta, which is perfect, as I have plenty of invicta colonies around to boost her with when necessary.
True, and they also fly pretty early sometimes, so yeah, that's pretty agreeable.

#7 Offline JesseTheAntKid - Posted February 7 2024 - 3:23 PM

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If you have a dresser, then I would put her in there.

I have something similar, I'll put her in that.
Yeah, and make sure to check on her weekly. Btw, what species do you think she is?
 
I believe it's S. invicta, which is perfect, as I have plenty of invicta colonies around to boost her with when necessary.
True, and they also fly pretty early sometimes, so yeah, that's pretty agreeable.

 

I agree with the above statement whole-heartedly


Currently keeping: Pheidole obscurithorax (FINALLY I CAN STUDY THEM AND HAVE THEIR COOL MAJORS  B)), Tetramorium bicarinatum, Solenopsis spp. (probably xyloni, the queens are tiny hehe)

Wanting: Atta texana, Camponotus planatus (PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE CAN SOMEONE HOOK ME UP WITH ATTA)

Previously kept: Monomorium minimum, Pheidole dentata

 

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#8 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted February 8 2024 - 12:42 PM

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What food do you think fire ants would be best suited for? Right now I have assorted berries and some honey, not much in the way of protein but ham and enough beetles to sustain the colony for a fair time.

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#9 Offline ANTdrew - Posted February 8 2024 - 2:39 PM

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Any typical feeder insects along with sugar water is all they’ll need.
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#10 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted February 8 2024 - 3:26 PM

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Beetles are fine, and would probably be more suitable for Solonopsis species. Just refrigerate them (or freeze them, can’t remember) so they’ll be cleaned from harmful substances (unless you’re raising them yourself). Ham is also fine, but you might want to find a way to liquify it. Also make sure the ham is free of things that are harmful to ants.

#11 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted February 8 2024 - 4:47 PM

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Beetles are fine, and would probably be more suitable for Solonopsis species. Just refrigerate them (or freeze them, can’t remember) so they’ll be cleaned from harmful substances (unless you’re raising them yourself). Ham is also fine, but you might want to find a way to liquify it. Also make sure the ham is free of things that are harmful to ants.

Got it! Thank you, I've also started a journal page for this.


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I am a new Floridian ant-keeper, currently in possession of a fledgling S. Invicta colony, which can be viewed here: (A Beginning Antkeeper's) Journey of a Solenopsis Queen - Ant Keeping Journals - Ants & Myrmecology Forum (formiculture.com).


#12 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted February 15 2024 - 3:39 PM

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Edited by The_Gaming-gate, February 15 2024 - 3:46 PM.

Ants are small creatures... but together... they can rule the world.

 

 

I am a new Floridian ant-keeper, currently in possession of a fledgling S. Invicta colony, which can be viewed here: (A Beginning Antkeeper's) Journey of a Solenopsis Queen - Ant Keeping Journals - Ants & Myrmecology Forum (formiculture.com).


#13 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted February 17 2024 - 5:54 AM

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This thread will not be used anymore! See the queen's journal at (A Beginning Antkeeper's) Journey of a Solenopsis Queen - Ant Keeping Journals - Ants & Myrmecology Forum (formiculture.com) !!!!!!!


Ants are small creatures... but together... they can rule the world.

 

 

I am a new Floridian ant-keeper, currently in possession of a fledgling S. Invicta colony, which can be viewed here: (A Beginning Antkeeper's) Journey of a Solenopsis Queen - Ant Keeping Journals - Ants & Myrmecology Forum (formiculture.com).


#14 Offline The_Gaming-gate - Posted February 29 2024 - 4:45 PM

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Edited by The_Gaming-gate, February 29 2024 - 4:45 PM.

Ants are small creatures... but together... they can rule the world.

 

 

I am a new Floridian ant-keeper, currently in possession of a fledgling S. Invicta colony, which can be viewed here: (A Beginning Antkeeper's) Journey of a Solenopsis Queen - Ant Keeping Journals - Ants & Myrmecology Forum (formiculture.com).





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