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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To Stop Ants Escaping, Let Them Escape! – Colonies Update 3 September 2020

Lasius niger To Stop Ants Escaping, Let Them Escape! Last update I talked about how my Lasius niger were escaping, and I could not see how they were doing so. Well, yesterday I finally discovered their escape route. In order to find out how they were escaping I had to encourage them to escape. This …

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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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