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Thank you for visiting my website.  The intention of this website is to tell you about ants; what they do, their nests, the mating cycles of the flying ants, what they eat, what species there are, and even how to keep them as pets.  I have tried to keep the information contained on this site as clear and concise as possible so that it does not get confusing or boring.  I am aware that a lot of schools and young children use this site as a reference.

The site is generally about species found in the UK as they are the ones I have had most experience with, though I am more than happy to answer questions about non-UK ants.

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This awesome 28 minute clip belonging to Karel.S shows a time lapse of a Lasius niger colony from it’s start when it consisted of a single queen right up to it being a well established colony. Very interesting.

If you’d like your You Tube ant video to appear here then email me the link.  I can’t guarantee that it will appear, especially if I get lots of requests.

22 March 2015, Sunday

My ants are well and truly out of hibernation right now, and are eating a lot of food and producing a lot of brood.  The Lasius niger colony is really expanding at a good rate.  The Lasius umbratus are expanding at a much slower rate but the queen is starting to churn those eggs out.

I also had a bit of an accident with my Lasius niger colony (see the colony journal - Myrm’s Pet Ants - tab to the left of your screen).  They are okay now though. I was vary lucky that it wasn’t worse.

Dermy and I are working hard on his Bug Forum where we discuss ants, beetles, reptiles, amphibians, spiders and all sorts of wildlife.  Please do come and join us and help my buddy to get this once neglected forum up off the ground. (Click on the Dermy’s Bug Forum tab on the left to find out more).

Each month I will put a picture here of an ant with a little bit of information about it.

Tapinoma erraticum

This species ranges throughout Central Europe from the mountains of south Italy to north Germany. It is present in coastal areas of Southern England and on the islands of Gotland and Öland in Sweden. They are found principally on dry heath land, exposed to the sun

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The Bug Forum - My friend Dermy runs a forum for all insects, including ants, with dermestids being his speciality.

Ant Hill World - A forum run by ant keepers for ant keepers, of which I am a member.

Antstore - Live ants, ant farms and food.  Located in Germany but ship to Europe.

AntsUK - Live ants, ant farms and food. Located in the UK but ship to Europe.

The workers are agile, and are usually only seen when the sun is shining, and the species can easily be distinguished from superficially similar species (e.g. Lasius niger) by its tendency to hold its gaster almost vertically when moving. Colonies are usually small, although larger colonies occasionally occur. Colonies are polygynous and have been recorded to contain up to 40 deälated females. Nests are shallow and small solaria often feature in nest structure to concentrate solar heat onto the ants' brood.[citation needed]

Nuptial flights take place in June, although they may be postponed during colder years to July.

Info taken from Wikipedia.

Picture from www.ants-kalytta.com


2 March 2015, Monday

My ants are officially out of hibernation now that I have provided them with a heating at and closed the ever-open window in the ant room.  I have decided to do some OFCs with them this year, just as Dermy does with his dermestids.