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Oecophylla smaragdina

Altogether now

Have settled in well now and have made another nest in a leaf at the top of the plant, again against the glass. They are trying to build closer to the heat of the light bulb. At night they take the larvae from here back down to the bigger nest and back up in the morning. The leaf is quite small and its a tight squeeze for them.

Ants holding the leaf down whilst they glue it to the glass with the threads from their larvae.

Taking a housefly through the original nest entrance.

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Camponotus singularis

First death of a worker

I have had the first death so far of a worker making it’s life span at least nine months old but it could be older as it arrived with the original colony. Of course it could also be one that was born later in the colony.  The rest seem fine but the brood has only a few larvae now so maybe comming up for a rest..

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Camponotus fellah

Mites

I have had an out break of foraging mites  in this colony probably due to a build up of moisture under the false bottom of the arena and poor ventilation. I have put an electric pc fan against the vent hole in the bottom and added an exhaust in the floor so i can dry it out. The ants however are doing really well with plenty of brood and some huge majors.

My only concern with these at the moment is that they are becomming fussy over what protein they will take, prefering small flies which are harder to find at this time of year

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Camponotus sp

Going down hill

I have put these ants back into a large test tube, they really are starting to stuggle. The colony is now down to about 15 ants, 3 pupae and a few larvae so this is their last chance to survive. What ants are there all appear to be healthy but deaths are out numbering new born ants 🙁   Not good…..

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Oecophylla smaragdina

Oecophylla smaragdina

Name: Oecophylla smaragdina
Propagation: Asia
Queen: 15-20mm
Workers: 5-15mm
Food: Insects and honey water
Air moisture: 60-80%
Temperature: 22-28°C
Hibernation: No
Nest-building: Weaved nests
Formicariums: Tank, farm tank
Formicarium size: min. 30x20cm (adjust to colony size)
Particularities: 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.