Here is a selection of the videos of my ant colony found on my YouTube channel. You can find the channel by either clicking on the YouTube button to the right, or by clicking any of the videos below.
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23 June 2017, Friday
I have updated all four journals, including the appearance of winged ants in the Goblin Colony, and new ant farms for the bhoeschod and Goblin colonies.
18 June 2017, Sunday
My new colonies have settled in well.. Kept finding Tapinoma workers on the work top, found out they were getting out by the tiniest gap in the acrylic ant farm - now plugged. Have to be careful when I see a black any on the work top; previously I would know instantly which colony it belonged to as the only black ants I had were Lasius niger. Now I have to examine them closely to determine whether they’re Lasius niger or Tapinoma erraticum. It’s 30*C in the Ant Room!!
13 June 2017, Tuesday
Oops, sorry for the huge delay in updating this site and my journals; life just seems to get in the way. So, what’s been happening during the past 6 months? Well, my Lasius umbratus colony has been extremely active with huge amounts of cocoons nearing eclosing time. Must be about 200 cocoons all told. My Lasius niger still refuse to move out of their test tube, even though it’s mouldy inside. I did get a colony of Tetramorium caespitum from Antstore a few weeks ago. They were advertised as a colony containing 1 queen and 250-500 workers. However, when I got them I was extremely disappointed. Most of the workers were dead, with probably only about 100 of them alive. But the most disappointing thing was - there was no queen present. No shred of evidence that she was there when the colony was dispatched to me. No corpse, no body parts. It was vary evident that the queen was not in the colony when they were dispatched to me. Antstore were good in that they immediately refunded me, but I don’t think I will use them again. Not really because of the state the ants arrived in, but because there was no queen present despite the colony being advertised as having one, and let’s face it; what’s the point of an ant colony with no queen? I recently obtained a colony of Myrmica rubra, and I have a colony of Tapinoma erraticum on the way from Ants Kalytta. See my journals for more updates.
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