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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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 – 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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