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My ant keeping hobby.

Avicularia Kael

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Like all of you, I really like keeping tarantulas, but I also keep ants. I don’t mean the ants that you buy off of the internet to put in ant farms and watch them die after a few weeks, I mean professional ant keeping. This is when you actually find and raise a queen ant.

I currently have two queens, though I had more in the last couple years who died due to my inexperience. I currently have a claustral queen and a semi claustral queen. Claustral queen ants don’t need any food until they get their nanitics, or first workers. My claustral queen is Camponotus novaeboracensis. She currently has a large batch of eggs.

Semi claustral queens on the other hand, need food and are generally much harder to raise. My current semi claustral queen is a Ponera pennsylvanica. This is a very hard to find and cryptic species. She is also really small, only about 4-6mm. On the other hand, my C. novaeboracensis queen is more like 15-20mm. However, semi claustral queens aren’t always really small, that only depends on the species. I have no clue if she has brood (eggs, larvae, pupae).
 

Reptisect

Member
Like all of you, I really like keeping tarantulas, but I also keep ants. I don’t mean the ants that you buy off of the internet to put in ant farms and watch them die after a few weeks, I mean professional ant keeping. This is when you actually find and raise a queen ant.

I currently have two queens, though I had more in the last couple years who died due to my inexperience. I currently have a claustral queen and a semi claustral queen. Claustral queen ants don’t need any food until they get their nanitics, or first workers. My claustral queen is Camponotus novaeboracensis. She currently has a large batch of eggs.

Semi claustral queens on the other hand, need food and are generally much harder to raise. My current semi claustral queen is a Ponera pennsylvanica. This is a very hard to find and cryptic species. She is also really small, only about 4-6mm. On the other hand, my C. novaeboracensis queen is more like 15-20mm. However, semi claustral queens aren’t always really small, that only depends on the species. I have no clue if she has brood (eggs, larvae, pupae).
I use to keep ants and boy was it great! last ant I kept was a odontamacus sp trap-jaw. I dont keep ants anymore, not enough space. Ants rock, :D period!
 

Avicularia Kael

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Cool! We don’t have crazy species like that here, but we do have some cool ones, like Stigmatomma pallipes (Dracula ants).
 

Avicularia Kael

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On Saturday I believe, I collected a Formica sp. colony. They are either F. subaenescens or glacialis. I collected 12 workers and 1 queen, though 4 workers died. The 8 remaining workers are doing excellently. I feed them honey water and crickets, and the queen has laid a ton of eggs.

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The egg pile is now twice as big as this, but it looked like this before:

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Avicularia Kael

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I was on vacation for 10 days and the Formica are now down to 3 workers, but they have some mid-sized larvae so hopefully they bounce back.
Ponera queen is still going strong with 3 eggs.
 
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