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Oecophylla smaragdina

vid

Just a short video showing the ants first few weeks in their new home.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=siFfqADKymM]

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kV5Dh2ESnVE]

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Cataglyphis desertorum

Larvae

Well i didnt notice any eggs in the last post but there may well have been as their is a small pile of very young larvae.in the nest . Woop woop ..

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Camponotus fellah

Mites gone

I can’t see any mites now thank god but their dissapearance hasnt given the ants much of an appetite. Saying that though, they have been taking on vast ammounts of honey just lately. I just looked into the nest and although their are piles of pupae, there are very few larvae so the lack of appetite for the protein question, has been answered. 🙂

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Oecophylla smaragdina

Going well

Larvae are growing and pupae are turning into young workers adding to the colony numbers. All goes well. I was quite worried because after the ants had built their small nest extension, i hadn’t seen the queen in the main nest but happily last night, after lights out she could be seen tightly squeezed into a narrow fold of a leaf. All is well,, phew !!!!

There are always several workers guarding the nests entrances standing with their jaws wide apart looking quite threatening and also at the feeding station near the bottom of the viv where the honey water is. They will take both sugar and honey water. Protein in the form of small flies are preferred at the moment. They will quickly carry their prey back to the nest, but on arrival it becomes more difficult as other ants try to help and the job then becomes a task. Meal worms and cockroaches are being ignored at the moment but small crickets  are taken. I’m hoping blue bottles will be taken so as soon as my casters hatch i will know.