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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 clip here is actually my 2 year old Lasius niger colony.  They were vary active yesterday.  The picture and sound quality is not the best. Sorry.

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.

12 April 2015, Sunday


Updated my Lasius niger and Lasius umbratus journals.


My Lasius niger colony was vary active yesterday; the most active I have seen them.  I took a quick clip of them which you can see below.


Dermy and I continue to work 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

Tapinoma_erraticum.jpg

4 April 2015, Saturday


Updated my Lasius niger and Lasius umbratus journals.


I also brought two new heat mats (15 watt) for my ants which I keep plugged into a timer which turns the heating mat off at night and turns it on during the day; this is to mimic the fact that in nature it gets cooler at night.


Dermy and I continue to work 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).