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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Ant Colony Updates – 17 Jan 20 – Ants in Winter.

Ants in winter. It’s the middle of winter, and there has been very little activity outside of the ant nests.  However, the ants of all three species remain fairly active inside their nests.  This is not unusual.  Even in the wild, hibernating ants can still be fairly active during the winter months. Especially on the milder days.  Myrmica …

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