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Acromyrmex octospinosus

Testing testing

The first over night test of temps and humidity using heating under the pod, and on the back wall brought condensation into the pod but not much. The humidity levels with my new Hygrometer which arrived Saturday, was reading 93 – 95% humidity and 25 c in the middle of the pod. I had found an old digital thermostat, the ones used for oil radiators and the temps are holding well. I’ve ordered a pulse thermostat which should be here tomorrow. This morning i turned of the bottom heat which in turn mostly cleared the condensation but the humidity levels dropped to 92 – 93 %. Ive blocked all the holes in the pod now so i will see tomorrow what happens. I think the small PC fan is working well distributing the heat and the insulation is also working well. I will probably raise the pods a bit too.

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Tonight i have finished the window frame for the bottom shelf, and the perspex should arrive tomorrow, and i have also finished the insulation.

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Next step is to attach pods and tubing and more testing.

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Acromyrmex octospinosus

Shopping

Twas an expensive easter saturday shpping for some needed bits n peices but it was a good excuse to take her indoors out shopping,,,and for me not her :)

After dinner i started making a frame to go over the cabinet and cut out the Jabba insulation, think thats what its was called but i wanted the celutex but not at that price. The set up is on our landing so it’s not going to need the extra insulation. I then made another frame for the window and had some 10 mm acrylic spare and cut it to size making a rather nice window if i do say so myself. Swell reptiles let me down with the wrong heating cable and i just put in 2 heat mats, one one the back wall and one on the floor underneath some egg crate. The egg crate leaves about one cm space under Seans pods. I have also fitted a small pc fan to circulate the air within the ” incubator” hoping to keep the temps even through out.

So my Stats are at my mothers and didn’t want or need them just yet, i just want to see if the temps rise and they have got to 30 c so at least i know i can achieve 25 c very easily. I put in one of the pods with wet clay balls and put my temo/hygr in and humidity got up to 90 then all i got was HH High Humidity i presume which isn’t a lot of good. I should get two more next week arriving from Amazon.

I ve got some little LED lights installed and won’t ad to the heat

I should be able to get four pods in each. Rather then try and just make one heating unit to heat the entire cabinet i think ill make two separate to start with , hopefully this will eliminate hot at the top and cool at the bottom.

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Formica sanguinea

Moving house

I had previuosly made a small plaster nest and now it was time to connect it to the arena. It took about a week for them to completely move in but some ants were undecided as to where the larvae were going.

New nest
New nest
Moving in
Moving in
Hmmm,where's baby going
Hmmm,where’s baby going
Settled in
Settled in

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Acromyrmex octospinosus

New Leaf cutter project

Whilst i’m trying to decide to invest in Atta’ or Acro’ ill start my building project.

First of all trying to decide which route to go down Aquarium or incubator ? For me space is a big issue but i could do this in my loft but it gets so damn cold and so damn hot it could be a night mare maintaining a steady climate for the Ants. Ive got quiet a few Dart frog tanks i could use but that would mean another table for it which i don’t have space for soooo, its going to be my trusty old book case thingy thats looked after all sorts of exotic pets over the years.
I’m going to try the incubator method pretty much based on Jamies Ant cupboard. Here it is when i was keeping true spiders
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It has four compartments of about 80 x 30 x 40 cm and the top which can be used for the foraging area.
Its stands at the top of our stairs and is very dark and quite cool, the temps their now with my ants i have with just two heat mats and all open fronted is about 23 c so shouldn’t really require to much, overheating shouldn’t pose a problem either . I already have stats and cooler stats and fans which will be used.

Firstly i have to make a frame for the front as the cupboard design is a bit fancy so i need to level the front so i can fit on a door. I have a large sheet of 5 mm acrylic which i will use that should help to insulate the front.

I have ordered three pods from Sean and i plan to raise these on plastic egg crates ( used for dart frogs to make a false floor ) or i may partially submerge the pods in water. That’s something I’m going to have to experiment with first.

I plan to heat using heating cables, i ordered a 5m one but they sent the wrong size,,,good start grrrrr.

 

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Formica sanguinea

First larvae of 2016

Bit of a messy shot but we have some larvae for the robbers. I’m really enjoying this species as they are a nice colour and very active also having F.fusca running about with them is very entertaining.

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Formica sanguinea

Eggs

 

These have also settle in well now i have had some time to give them. They have a nice clump of eggs other than the ones you can see. I still think there are two queens but i just cant tell because the tube is so dirty. These ants are very active and great fun to watch as they are very active. Honey water is very much appreciated.

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A couple of Formica sanguinea workers against a slave F. Fusca

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Formica sanguinea

Not settled

I’m having more time problems and my new ants have been waiting to be sorted out. They have moved from the test tube into the moss in their arena and don’t seem to know what’s happening themselves ?? Anyway today iv’e taken out the moss and replaced with white sand and they moved back into the test tube. The tube is a bit messy from bits they have brought in and condensation but i think i may have seen eggs though i wouldn’t be certain.

Formica sanguinea
Formica sanguinea

 

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Formica sanguinea

Formica sanguinea

Name: Formica sanguinea
Propagation: Europe
Queen: 7-10mm
Workers: 5-10mm
Food: Insects and honey water
Air moisture: 50-70%
Temperature: 20-30°C
Hibernation: Yes, from late November to late February at 10-14°C
Nest-building: Soil nests
Formicariums: Tank, farm tank
Formicarium size: min. 30x20cm (adjust to colony size)
Particularities: The only ant from the Raptiformica subspecies to be indigenous to Europe. This ant species raids the nests of slave ants, mostly Formica fusca. The stolen brood hatches in the nest of its captors and serves as labour force. Formica (Raptiformica) sanguine make do just fine without this labour force, which is thus not essential, except to the queen, during the founding stages of the colony.

Info from world of ants.

Today i have received a new colony of Formica sanguinea from Ants Kalytta. Took four days to arrive from Germany via normal post and all were healthy. I h avent counted them yet but there are about 10 ants with some Formica fusca amongst them. They were housed in a small plastic tub full of fresh moss with a water supply. I have re housed them in an open test tube in a small arena and they all moved in very quickly. I think there may be two queens but i’m not sure yet.