Myrm’s Colonies

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Summer Activities

My ant colonies have been very active so far this summer. There has been lots of foraging, but not much in the way of nest expansion. Lasius umbratus Despite the presence of the queen, the population size continues to decrease. A few years ago the nesting boxes were full almost to the brim with worker …

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Active Ants Foraging- Colonies Update – 23 April 2020

The past few weeks have presented us here with glorious weather – typical that it occurs during the current lockdown.  However, it has not stopped me from relaxing in my garden, and neither has it stopped my active ants foraging as they emerge from their winter hibernation.  In fact, the beautiful weather has encouraged my ants to …

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It’s Officially Spring! – Colonies Update – 7 April 2020

Hello everybody, I hope you are all doing well despite the current situation we all currently find ourselves in.  Well, it’s officially Spring in my eyes.  Yes, I know the official date this year was 20 March, however, for me, it’s not officially Spring until the wild ants in my garden are awake and foraging.  Yesterday I threw …

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Ant Larvae in brood chamber – Colony Update

Ant larvae being attended to. Life in the brood chamber of my Lasius umbratus colony. Outside temperature: 6*C / Ant Room Temperature: 8.6*C Lasius umbratus Things are still very slow in this colony, despite being the most active colony of the three. I do see more of these ants out foraging and feeding than the …

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Happy New Year 2020

Happy New Year 2020 to all my readers/visitors/supporters.  Thank you so much for your continued support on my website. My ants have celebrated the New Year – by staying in their hibernation beds, except, that is, for the Lasius umbratus.  They have remained fairly active so far this winter, though in greatly decreased numbers.  The Lasius niger and …

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Captive Ant Colony Journals Update – 18 Nov 19

Hello, and welcome to another update on my captive ant colony journals.  I had not posted an update last week as there had not been much activity.  Instead, I wrote an article about the evolution of ants. To be honest, there is not much activity still.  However, here is an update on all three colonies.  Lasius niger, Lasius umbratus, …

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Myrm’s Ant Colonies Update – 4 Nov 19

Hello once again to another weekly update on my three current ant colonies. They consist of Lasius niger, Lasius umbratus and Myrmica rubra. Lasius niger This colony recently celebrated its two-month birthday, that is from the birth of the first worker ants.  If we were to go from the day the queen laid her first egg, …

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