I'm just posting to introduce myself... I'm from the UK and have long wanted to own an ant farm, and have finally decided that I'm going to make it happen!
After viewing many of the posts in this forum I finally have some sort of idea as to how to do this. The posts here are very helpful and for that, I'd like to thank everyone that contributed! That is the main reason as to why I have decided to sign up and try to contribute what little I know and hope to find out.
I have decided that the best, easiest and cheapest way for me to keep ants is to create my own farm. For this I intend to make a formicarium (probably from Plaster of Paris) in one of my old fish tanks. Through reading the many tutorials here, I have begun to understand about how to go about this. I also now know about the importance of keeping habitats hydrated, mould and other such problems that may occur. I have no doubt that as a complete novice, I will seek the help of you guys once more in the not-so-distant future!
As I go through this little summer project, I hope to post some pictures and tell anyone who will listen about my results! From what I can tell, now and over the next few months is the perfect time to find queen ants that are suitable for starting a colony. The ant species I intend to keep is the Lasius Niger (garden ant) for two reasons; it is the most common here in Britain, and it is apparently one of the easiest to create a colony with for the first-time.
Finally, I just have a couple of quick questions to ask everyone;
- Will the unpredictability of the British summer affect the times in which queen ants mate?
- Where is the best place to find a Lasius Niger queen in urban Britain?
Thats all from me, thanks again for all the useful info on here that you've amassed, and I look forward to reading your replies!