July 31-2018- I found a Massive Myrmica Colony that will be sprayed shortly. I wanted to at least try and save it. I mean at the end of the day it's a lose lose anyway. Even if it does die in my care It would at least be at a greater chance of survival than out in the yard.
Anyway here's a video showing how large the wild colony is, I'm still collecting whatever I can before they get fumigated:
There is at least 25 queens in this colony, I'm still collecting them and will probably get even more than that. Myrmica colonies in the area I collected this one commonly have anywhere from 10 queens to upwards of 70+ queens in a colony.
Here they are in their current setup, I've only ever had success with Single Container Formicarium and Foraging area in one. I can't do connections because I need to constantly move this container around with me. It goes where I go.
[No I'm not gonna spam all the time-lapses I do of this thing, just the important ones where stuff actually happens haha]
I'll try and make sure the colony doesn't get killed this time, I give them everything they could ever want and then some [Surplus of insects, various sugars and of course lots of water]
After doing my testing [not really a test more of neglect than anything] of keeping a Myrmica colony in a container of nails, I have the proof I need that as long as their basic needs are met, they will survive anything and don't require some "fancy" setup with a nest and outworld attachement. Cleaning is pretty easy in this container too.