Myrm’s Colonies

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Ant ID Request and Colony Update – Eggs and Flying Ants

In my previous blog entry I stated that my Lasius umbratus had not produced any eggs this year. Well, I was wrong. Lasius umbratus I wanted to check on the soil within the nesting box, to make sure it was not too dry. As I lifted the lid I received a nice surpise; there were …

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Hello Lasius niger – Colonies Update 1 April 2021

Following the winter demise of my cockroach colony, with which I use to feed my ants, I ordered more from Virginia Cheeseman. They arrived yesterday and I immediately placed them in my new cockroach bin. I then used one to feed my ants. Myrmica rubra Within minutes of putting a piece of freshly killed cockroach …

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Lasius niger escapes. Why is it Always Lasius niger?

Lasius niger Sigh! Here we go again!  More Lasius niger escapes. I have said it many times in the past, and I am saying it again.  Those Lasius niger have to be the naughtiest ant species I have ever experienced.  I could have 100 different species in their respective ant farms, and I can almost guarantee that the only …

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Lasius niger nest building – Colonies Update 6 August 2020

Lasius niger Lasius niger nest building.  Today I noticed that my Lasius niger have expanded their nest somewhat.  This first came to my attention when I was feeding my captive ant colonies.  I noticed that the plastic tubing linking their nesting box with the foraging tank had more soil in it.  It had always had a little soil in …

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Ant Escapes and Food – Colonies Update 19 July 2020

Ant escapes and food. My three captive ant colonies have been very busy over the past few weeks.  It has been very warm and dry outside. I have recently purchased some more live food for my ants, namely, cockroaches and morio worms.  Usually I buy enough of these to create breeding colonies, so enabling me to have …

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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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