• Ant Farm
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In that case, I have some content. Bought a [i]Formica fusca[/i] queen last week. She hasn't laid any eggs yet. [img]http://puu.sh/o070[/img] My [i]Messor barbarus[/i] queen actually left the nest on Friday, which they only do when they're very confident. The workers don't like it, because she risks being snatched away by passing predators. [img]http://puu.sh/oaux[/img] Then I found her on her back. She seems to be okay, but I've moved the colony to keep a closer eye on things. [img]http://puu.sh/ob6M[/img] If she dies, I think I give up with that species. I've had seven [i]Messor[/i] queens with bad luck. In other news, the [i]Lasius niger[/i] have been eating a house fly. [img]http://puu.sh/mNI2[/img]
Hey garry, darling, what happened to the ants, man?
[QUOTE=scratch (nl);33969648]So the Lasius Niger should just stay awake without any trouble if you keep them at the same temprature? [editline]30th December 2011[/editline] wait, does the lasius niger not hibernate at all? If so it would be the easiest ant ever. [editline]30th December 2011[/editline] oh my GOD NOT KEEPING THESE [img]http://antstore.net/shop/images/product_images/popup_images/myrmecia_brevinoda.jpg[/img] [editline]30th December 2011[/editline] There are some real terrifying ants you can buy and keep on antsore.net[/QUOTE] Oh lol, those are native to where I live. Fucking horrible bastards. We call them Inch Ants. They sting like all Hell and are a pain to kill.
I want to see what Garry's ant farms look like now!
Garry has a gallery of antfarm on Google+ [url]https://plus.google.com/s/garrynewman[/url]
Fuck man, I'm suddenly inspired to dig up some ants again.
This is nice and all, but I have one question: How the hell do you live with that graffiti thing on the wall? I can imagine going in the middle of the night to the bathroom and freaking out because of a dark silhouette of a little girl...
I've got a tiny ant farm, It's full to the brim with ants as I found a huge nest and since they was just black ants I could pick them and most of the eggs up.
Might as well post some content to those interested. I had bought another [I]Messor barbarus[/I] queen in June from a man in England who got them off someone in Southern Europe. She arrived with nine minor workers, several larvae/pupae too. [IMG]http://puu.sh/HkGM[/IMG] After some time the pupae became adults and the queen started laying some eggs. This is when the 17th worker matured: [IMG]http://puu.sh/Nm8s[/IMG] At some point I gave them a dead cricket to see if they would eat it. To my surprise, about eight workers ran out of the test tube including the queen, and they rushed it before bringing it back in. About twenty workers. By this time, the queen begins to focus on sleeping and egg laying: [IMG]http://puu.sh/Q2Dh[/IMG] Bigger media worker hanging from the top: [IMG]http://puu.sh/Q2Dt[/IMG] Managed to record them somewhat clearly. Don't mind the queen's inactivity- they spend about nine hours asleep each day, divided into small naps. A media pupa can be seen under the queen: [video=youtube;iLxVyKVVxpg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iLxVyKVVxpg&list=HL1347009243&feature=mh_lolz[/video] Some weeks ago I replaced their substrate with lawn topsoil because they weren't digging. They enthusiastically began to dig at a fast pace, and even the queen helped at one point. There's now almost forty workers, and they're still expanding their nest. Each day they bring in loads of seeds which they store in underground granaries. The first major (Soldier) larva is born, visible at the bottom. The one at the top is possibly one too: [IMG]http://puu.sh/11Uh0[/IMG] Taken yesterday, they start hauling up soil. Probably want more seed storage space: [video=youtube;CXVZXdcO8n0]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CXVZXdcO8n0[/video] They like mixed finch seeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, toast crumbs, tropical fish flakes, small dead insects, cooked ham/chicken, and cheese. This is the first [I]Messor[/I] colony I've had success with. This species is active all year round, so they should be interesting to watch when the others go into hibernation.
I think Garry is dead and they have figured out how to use facepunch.
[QUOTE=Zerokateo;37740788]I think Garry is dead and they have figured out how to use facepunch.[/QUOTE] the ants are updating GMod too?
[QUOTE=Joazzz;37752611]the ants are updating GMod too?[/QUOTE] Yes, they have crawled within the depths of garry's brain and have learned everything garry has learned.
Man, I kind want to do this. I'll use garry's idea of having two colonies fight. I'd put a divider in the middle that goes down about halfway into the dirt. By the time the ants meet each other there would be enough ants to cause a huge fucking brawl. When filling it with dirt I could also put little hidden caches of food and other resources. Would be like an RTS in real life.
[QUOTE=Zerokateo;37753128]Yes, they have crawled within the depths of garry's brain and have learned everything garry has learned.[/QUOTE] well that can't be much
I just found a fucking huge spider and got the bastard into my ant farm but the dick decided to get revenge by randomly dying... [editline]1st October 2012[/editline] [img]http://imageshack.us/a/img121/7572/img20121001011758.jpg[/img] It's faking, I swear it moved. [editline]1st October 2012[/editline] I went to check on it and noticed an Ant moving around it, the ant starts checking it out and the FUCKING THING STARTS MOVING! It's ALIVE! [editline]1st October 2012[/editline] Lasius niger dosn't give a shit and continues to taste the spider all by itself.
[QUOTE=Canary;37863265]I just found a fucking huge spider and got the bastard into my ant farm but the dick decided to get revenge by randomly dying... [editline]1st October 2012[/editline] It's faking, I swear it moved. [editline]1st October 2012[/editline] I went to check on it and noticed an Ant moving around it, the ant starts checking it out and the FUCKING THING STARTS MOVING! It's ALIVE! [editline]1st October 2012[/editline] Lasius niger dosn't give a shit and continues to taste the spider all by itself.[/QUOTE] More pics pls
Eat it
[img_thumb]http://imageshack.us/a/img228/2928/20121001043430hdr.jpg[/img_thumb] That was it after it got killed by a few ants moments later some how. And here it is being dismantled and eaten. [img_thumb]http://imageshack.us/a/img5/8369/20121001174321hdr.jpg[/img_thumb]
[QUOTE=Canary;37870568][img_thumb]http://imageshack.us/a/img228/2928/20121001043430hdr.jpg[/img_thumb] That was it after it got killed by a few ants moments later some how. And here it is being dismantled and eaten. [img_thumb]http://imageshack.us/a/img5/8369/20121001174321hdr.jpg[/img_thumb][/QUOTE] See I told you they would eat it.
All of my species so far are harmless for the most part. About a week ago I decided to take it a step further. This is Manica rubida, similar to the stinging red Myrmica you get in England but easily three times larger. The jaws are quite strong, but its the sting that packs a punch- about as powerful as a wasps. I don't intend to experience this for myself. They're a nice colour, especially in the sunlight. About six of the seven workers came up to the front to have a drink: [IMG]http://puu.sh/18Q2Z[/IMG] Then the much larger queen joined in. She is slightly smaller than the Messor barbarus queen I posted earlier. [IMG]http://puu.sh/18Q46[/IMG] [IMG]http://puu.sh/18Q4t[/IMG] The day after I got them, I moved them into a soil setup. They've been digging extensively and the queen sometimes joins in with the foraging (This species is semi-claustral, meaning that the queen initially hunts to feed her larvae at the beginning), although I haven't actually got them to eat any insects yet. This is when they began to carry the larvae from the test tube to their nest site. The jaws on these larvae can be seen slowly opening and closing through a magnifying glass. Should they get separated from the rest of the colony, they apparently make tiny sounds like a cat mewling to get help. [IMG]http://puu.sh/19mbi[/IMG] They need a wet environment and didn't flinch when I misted the container. These workers have the droplets on them. :v: [IMG]http://puu.sh/19mcE[/IMG] Attacking a fly. They haven't brought it into the nest though. [IMG]http://puu.sh/19Zq4[/IMG] Looking forward to their numbers increasing. As long as I treat them with respect, there's no reason why they should sting me.
[QUOTE=Timenova;37906689] Looking forward to their numbers increasing. As long as I treat them with respect, there's no reason why they should sting me.[/QUOTE] Ant's are bastards, the one day they give you little kisses on your fingers is the day they are going to anally rape you in your sleep. Like with garry.
Nice ant farm, but did the poster above me need to quote the whole thing?
[QUOTE=wallyroberto_2;37974298]Nice ant farm, but did the poster above me need to quote the whole thing?[/QUOTE] Yes, I did. Without quoting entire posts I feel neglected by sexual innuendos and therefore I must quote everything to make sure I feel big about myself. Seriously though, I forget to snip most of the other stuff.
I'm thinking of making an ant farm. Any easy to take care of species that will treat me as their all powerful God-King?
[QUOTE=Moustacheman;38110558]I'm thinking of making an ant farm. Any easy to take care of species that will treat me as their all powerful God-King?[/QUOTE] Don't make an ant farm, Unless you want to end up dead like garry.
So glad I came across this gem and revisited/reread the thread. Of course, it's sparked my interest in making an ant farm as well. I have 2 snakes, which I've cared for for 3 years now, so it's not like I couldn't do ants. It would probably be more demanding than taking care of snakes, so it'd be a nice step up. [editline]21st October 2012[/editline] Having trouble finding an equivalent site to antstore.net. They don't ship outside EU, and I'm in the US.
[QUOTE=Moustacheman;38110558]I'm thinking of making an ant farm. Any easy to take care of species that will treat me as their all powerful God-King?[/QUOTE] Depends on your country. If you're in the UK or Europe in general, then Lasius/Formica/Myrmica species are nice and easy (And laws in effect over in the US prohibit the sale of species across state borders or from other countries, so you'd have to stick with what you can find). It's a hobby that requires patience and plenty of research though. It's also helpful to memorize the Latin names, or at least the genus of the species you're getting- if you need help with them, people will need to know what you have. So (Assuming you're in Europe) I'd recommend: Lasius niger, Lasius flavus, Myrmica rubra, Myrmica ruginodis, Formica fusca, Formica lemani. Lasius niger is always the best to start with. My L.niger queen is almost three years old now, and has a big empire. When you've got the hang of the easier species, you could try more interesting ants such as Messor barbarus and Pheidole pallidula. Shame that can be expensive.
[QUOTE=Timenova;38131300]Depends on your country. If you're in the UK or Europe in general, then Lasius/Formica/Myrmica species are nice and easy (And laws in effect over in the US prohibit the sale of species across state borders or from other countries, so you'd have to stick with what you can find). It's a hobby that requires patience and plenty of research though. It's also helpful to memorize the Latin names, or at least the genus of the species you're getting- if you need help with them, people will need to know what you have. So (Assuming you're in Europe) I'd recommend: Lasius niger, Lasius flavus, Myrmica rubra, Myrmica ruginodis, Formica fusca, Formica lemani. Lasius niger is always the best to start with. My L.niger queen is almost three years old now, and has a big empire. When you've got the hang of the easier species, you could try more interesting ants such as Messor barbarus and Pheidole pallidula. Shame that can be expensive.[/QUOTE] I'm living in the US right now, originally form Scotland, any easy US species?
[QUOTE=Moustacheman;38133558]I'm living in the US right now, originally form Scotland, any easy US species?[/QUOTE] I'm not as familiar with those, but you can still find Lasius, Formica, Myrmica, Messor and Pheidole species living around there. Depending on the area you should be able to find Tetramorium ("Pavement ants", they are small with a sting and are known for their territorial conflicts on pavements), Camponotus (Carpenter ants) and Solenopsis (Fire ants). Out of those, Solenopsis and Tetramorium queens are prolific egg layers and the brood grow quickly. Camponotus eggs/larvae/pupae take more time to develop, but the species are usually large and often have bigger major workers that act in a defensive role. There's also Crematogaster ("Acrobat" ants) living in some places. Most of these species aren't that difficult, so you should be alright with them. The best way to obtain any of these species is to wait until they have their flights and catch the newly mated queens. You can identify them easily because they're usually a lot bigger than the workers, their thorax is wider than their heads and they have scars on either side from where their wings were. Most species had their flights from about March to October, so you might have to wait a while if you want to start a colony that way. The alternative is to try and capture a wild colony, but that's often easier said than done- especially since you need at least one queen. They often come closer to the surface to enjoy the warmth on sunny mornings though, that's a good time to find them. You [I]can[/I] keep workers on their own and with some captured ant brood, but as they die off they won't be replaced. If you're lucky there might be a supplier in your state. Good luck either way, it can be a relaxing hobby when you get into it and it's often worth the waiting, although it can feel like a game of Prison Architect sometimes. :v:
Im sure I grabbed a queen or something when I grabbed my ants, I also managed to get a crap load of eggs since it was Lasius niger I could just reach in and grab evrything, puny things.
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