Captive Ant Colony Journals Update – 3 Dec 19

Welcome to another update on my captive ant colonies.  In this update I talk about a wandering Myrmica rubra queen, and I discuss allowing my ants to hibernate.   I had tried to prevent the ants going into full hibernation this year to try to encourage the Lasius umbratus to complete their new nest excavation.  I have done …

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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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The Origin of Ants

In this article, I discuss the evolution of ants.  I answer the question of the origin of ants, their ancestors, and the evolutionary steps that occurred to bring us the ants we know today. The Origin of Ants Where, evolutionary speaking, did ants come from? Did they evolve from a common insect ancestor? Did they start …

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Ants of Australia

Hello, and welcome to another ant article. Normally, being a Monday, I would provide an update to my current colonies. However, there has been little activity to report. Therefore, I have decided to write an article instead. This article is about the ants of Australia. I hope you find it informative. Disclaimer: I do not …

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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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A Guide to Ants of Britain and Europe

A few weeks ago I purchased a great little book called, Ants of Britain and Europe: A Photographic Guide. Co-authored by Claude Lebas, Christophe Galkowski, Rumsaïs Blatrix and Philippe Wegnez, it was published this year (2019) in Europe. However, it was actually first published in 2016, in French. A fantastic book, full of very helpful …

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Website Update. Ants of Britain​ and Europe. How do Ants Communicate?

Hello, and welcome to another update. Today, I bring news about my website with a new page called How Do Ants Communicate? I also have a new ant book that I have obtained called, Ants of Britain and Europe. How do ants communicate? First of all, a website update. Yesterday I added a new page which …

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Myrm’s Ant Colonies Journal – 8 Oct 19

Welcome to another Myrm’s Ant Colonies Journal update. In my previous journal update, I informed you that my four-year-old “Magenta” Colony of Lasius niger suddenly died out, during the night. It was a complete mystery to me then, and it remains so now. Well, I had another, similar, scare a few days ago. Myrmica rubra I …

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