I'm in Minnesota, long time fish keeper and breeder. I'm currently in school for Ecology/Wildlife Biology and have always been interested in the creating little worlds to observe various lifeforms (plants, animals, bugs) in a controlled habitat. I had an old Uncle Milton ant farm as a kid and have been interested getting amore advanced setup to truly observe an ant colony in action, so I finally broke down and purchased an AntsCanada Omninest system while they were on their holiday sale.
I'm looking forward to researching more about starting a colony, but first, I was wondering if anyone might be able to point me toward some resources to find out what species of ants I might encounter when I'm out looking for queens this coming summer. I would like to have some idea of what species I should be preparing to keep. I haven't been able to find anything useful in my cursory searches so far.
Thanks for your help... I'm looking forward to learning more and getting my outworld designed during these next 5 months or so before the ice thaws here in Minnesota and I can finally get down to the business of raising a colony.