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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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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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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