Test Tube Founding Cylinders
After watching a few of our new queens roll around in their glass test tubes this week we experimented with a few new ideas. Our main aim was to create a better enviroment within the glass test tube for our new founding queens.
You can see the result above.
A y-tong and timber cylinder with a hole drilled in the middle along with a groove cut down one side for visibility, all cut on our automated machinery.
We're using larger 20mm test tubes for our queens here at Gamergate, so the hole in the centre of the cylinder is still around 11mm. The cylinder gives the queens a more natural footing along with the added sense of security.
There is not nearly enough room for larger ant species though. We may try some larger 25mm test tubes and see how they go.
An internally lit formicarium from Mark Newton.
An amazing sand/soil founding formicarium from the owner of Formiculture.com.
Spider Ants have proven to be incredible hard to obtain. Recently we had the unique opportunity to acquire a colony and shoot this short video inside the nest.
Along with our photography of ants in the wild, in the studio and in high magnification, we've been experimenting with a new method that puts ants into 360 degrees.
Ants Australia seem to have bigger aspirations than just a successful YouTube channel and are now producing and selling formicariums and other ant keeping essentials.
In their latest Ant Desk video they show us how useful fruit flies can be as a primary source of protein for your ants.
Good news Australia! We're now stocking Tar Heel Ants Formicariums in our store.
Every year ant keepers across the world go out and collect queens for their personal colonies and also sell or trade with other ant keepers in the hobby. This year in Europe, people will have an extra reason to collect.
Ants Australia's new series of videos, beginning with "How to build an ant nest".
I imagined a torrent of red Myrmecia flowing from the entrance of this nest like lava from an active volcano and decided “Vesuvius” was an appropriate name for my latest creation.