Thanks for the kudos,
Yes, it is indeed my first attempt at a "Hebel" formicarium. I've had the old "two pieces of glass" ant farms and even made a couple myself but never had real success with keeping ants in them long term. With all the new tech and ideas these days and my sudden rekindled interest in ants, I thought I might be able to have another go.
I'm a tiler by trade and have dealt with Hebel before, plenty of experience with a hammer and chisel too.
Who knows when my back finally gives in maybe I'll be able to carve ant farms for a living. Lol
Anyways I digress.....I added my test ant today, she looks pretty cool in there.
Brevinoda are pretty much nocturnal and the only time you see them in the day is if you disturb their nest. It will correlate well with my design as I will be able to get in there during the day and do maintenance and observe them in the evening.
With the use of a red spectrum light you can watch them without them seeing you.
She really likes that little hill.
Myrmecia can climb glass but its an effort and they prefer not to, I haven't made a lid yet but it will surely be on the cards for this species.
Brevinoda are slow to develop so despite its small size and provided I can find a Queen, I'm hoping this formicarium will be good for a couple of years or up to 50 ants whichever comes first. I feel if you keep a smaller colony of larger ants you will become more attached to them individually.
she's showing some signs of intelligence here.
You should always approach a foreign nest with caution.
Looking around their natural habitat I wouldn't be surprised if they reuse abandoned nests. Or even build upon an exposed earthworm tunnel.
She looks keen to go in so I'll be back shortly with an update.
Edited by CrazyLegs, January 11 2017 - 7:57 PM.