||Insects and honey water
||Tank, farm tank
||min. 30x20cm (adjust to colony size)
||This ant species dwells in trees and bushes. To build their nests, they form long worker chains which fold leaves and weave them together using the silk that their larvae produce. They are therefore also known as weaver ants. This Asian variant of this species is reddish in colour. It is one of the few genuine weaver ant species.
Information from World of ants. http://www.world-of-ants.com/en/ants.html
I received this colony on about the 6th September 2012 from Peter at My ant shop antsfromasia.com They had been recently imported from Thailand before arriving to me in a very well packed box. The ants had already made a new nest previously on a ficus and the stem had been cut with the ants secured inside their nest of the leaves.
I had an old 45 cm x 45 cm x 60 cm high old dart frof viv which would suit them well until the colony grows. I’m using an infra red bulb to maintain an average of 25 c and a 55 wat plant bulb above also helps. Humidity levels are stable arounf 80 rh. I placed the box containing their nest at rge bottom which should encourage them to climb to a higher spot, which indeed it did as by the next day they had already transfered their brood and queen to the new site near the top of the viv. I thought perhaps they would have chose the ficus as this was what they had already used to construct their old nest but they chose the other plant, which i have no idea what it is :)…
Plenty of brood so hopefully off to a good start.
They actuall built on the side of the glass so i could see what was happening,,,how very desent of them. 🙂
Small flies seem to be favourite at the moment and there is always a couple of ants guarding the honey water. The first few days they seemed very hungry but have slowed down a bit now.