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A subreddit for ant keepers!

A subreddit / forum for ant keepers to show off their colonies, formicariums, queens or anything else related to keeping ants as pets!

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FAQ

  • 1) Why keep ants?

  • Simply put, they're wonderfully fascinating pets. For a lot of people in the hobby, this video was a gateway to understanding how incredible a pet ant colony can be. I've included a few more videos to get you started below!

  • 2) How do I get started?

  • Well, first you need a queen! I've written a guide for finding your first queen, but if you want to dive right in, here's a video showing just how easy it is:

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    Odontomachus simillimus

    Found them near mtr station

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    2024/06/09
    05:59 UTC

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    Appreciate help with queen identification

    Think Incaight my first queen! Outside of Eugene, Oregon. Saw this one as well as a few still with wings I was unable to catch.

    2 Comments
    2024/06/09
    04:09 UTC

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    My first queen

    Caught my first queen here in alaska theres a very short window up here and I believe she's a carpenter ant not sure which have been having trouble finding much info but in other news she laid eggs 2 days ago so im hope full to have my first colony!

    1 Comment
    2024/06/09
    02:48 UTC

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    Some kind of parasitic lasius, yeah?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-3o59axU7s

    Location: Victoria, BC

    Time: around 4:00 pm

    Size 7-8 mm

    First time seeing this species. It's had the zoomies for a few hours now. The large head and small abdomen lead me to believe it's parasitic. If that's the case I'll release it back where I found it.

    0 Comments
    2024/06/09
    02:23 UTC

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    Got my first queen and brood.

    0 Comments
    2024/06/09
    02:16 UTC

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    What time of the year should I look for the T. Immigrans queens in SW Ohio? I want one

    6 Comments
    2024/06/08
    23:46 UTC

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    Place your bets

    Bets are on which queen will be the most successful in 2 months. I’ve guessed from 1(best) to 5(worst) on how well they’ll do. I’ll probably post weekly updates but we’ll see.

    If you want to be remiended put RemindMe 2 months in the comments.

    Also yes 5 is ok she’s just tweaking right now.

    21 Comments
    2024/06/08
    23:39 UTC

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    First queen (c. Modoc)

    Hi, I just got my first queen (c. Modoc) and I wanted to know if there is any advice or things I should know about rasing my colony. She appears to have 2 larvae and a couple eggs thanks for any advice!

    (I just got her a couple days ago)

    3 Comments
    2024/06/08
    21:55 UTC

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    Found a wild Colony

    I just flipped a piece of tin on my property and what I think is a colony of floridanus is there, literally in the hundreds, with absolutely dozens of queens. I would assume they’re not all fertile? What do I do? Can I collect 10 or 20 and put a male in with each one? Will this work? Or best to mark, wait for flight?

    Expert help requested. I’ll go back out there in the next 20 minutes. Thank you!!!

    7 Comments
    2024/06/08
    19:58 UTC

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    Very small queens floating in pool (Florida)?

    I saved 10 or so queens that were floating in a clump in a pool in Florida. They are very small (probably half the size of my Brachymyrmex depilis queens). Any idea what they are?

    3 Comments
    2024/06/08
    19:56 UTC

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    Recently caught S invicta queens.

    Caught a bunch of Queens last night and have noticed today that they are specifically picking on one of the roughly 20 in the tube. You can see that they have already removed some of her legs. It is not uncommon for me to catch multiple and leave them in that tube with some water overnight without them killing each other. This is obviously the tube I caught them in, I'm currently making tubes for the ones I caught. Also they are fire ants so please don't start with save her....

    9 Comments
    2024/06/08
    19:12 UTC

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    Queen Ants identification request | Toronto ON Canada

    6 Comments
    2024/06/08
    18:44 UTC

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    Beginners best 1st buy

    I'm looking around everywhere from AntsCanada to Amazon.... where is the best place to buy my first farm/formicarium? Second question, where's the best place to buy the queens? Thanks!

    7 Comments
    2024/06/08
    18:00 UTC

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    Where can I purchase glass tubes for a starter ant farm

    9 Comments
    2024/06/08
    17:19 UTC

    3

    Was I lucky?

    3 Comments
    2024/06/08
    17:00 UTC

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    Heating Pheidole Queens

    Hi, I have a question about a raising Pheidole queens. I’ve read that they need to be heated to grow well, but how is that done in a test tube setup? Is there an alternative to a test tube setup that would work better?

    3 Comments
    2024/06/08
    16:33 UTC

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    How do you prevent a colony from using a nest section as their dump?

    It's really hard to estimate exactly how big of an upgrade to make when it comes to big ant colonies and I am currently housing my c. Nicos in a ytong nest that actually fits them really well, definitely not too big for them, there are so many eggs and larvae and pupae with two queens, but they decided to use one chamber as a toilet/trash dump even though I provide plenty of other outside places in the outworld to throw their trash away, including adding another small liquid feeder to the desired trash area outside.
    My other colonies don't have this issue and I keep c. fed, parius, singularis, turkanicus, largiceps. Even with an extra chamber, none of my other colonies store trash in their nests. I'm not too concerned about mold because its just dubia roach shells and what I assume is their poop...

    2 Comments
    2024/06/08
    16:32 UTC

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    DIY Nectar Recipe

    Any suggestions on ant nectar recipes? My colony is starting to eat by the oz every week, and don’t want to keep buying biformica if optional. Hoping for some recipe recommendations.

    5 Comments
    2024/06/08
    15:03 UTC

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    ID

    Found her roaming my kitchen lol

    2 Comments
    2024/06/08
    13:50 UTC

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