My Name is CoffiNail and I live in Winnipeg Manitoba. I will start first with the two beauties I have, and with luck someone can help me figure out exactly what species they are.
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I have been lurking this board for a month and made an account a couple weeks ago. This will be my first post.
I have had a on/off fascination with ants since I was a child, almost losing my big toe to the interest. When I was 12 or so, had a cement sidewalk slab in my backyard lifted with a stick, it broke. I was standing on another slab barefoot and my big toe just a smidgen off the edge. It survived, and so did my interest for ants. Well I am 27 now and have finally decided (to my wife's semi-disapproval) to have them as pets. I had the one on the left for about a few weeks and then a week or so ago had the right beauty stumble in to my life. No eggs yet, but I figure they might be Formica Fusca and may not lay eggs until after they hibernate.
Myself, I am in to MechWarrior/BattleTech and Minecraft. Have a common-law wife of almost 7 years who I love dearly and two little boys both three atm, but ten months apart. They have yet to know daddy has ants as pets. This summer they both 'caught' a few in a bug container. . . my younger son had trouble grabbing the fast scurrying ants and found it easier to stomp the ants first and then put them in to the container .
Well here is hoping I can get a nicely established colony going next year. I am looking toward a Tar Heel Nest. I know the owner is a regular here. AntsCanada has some nice ones, but that 200 dollar starter is a bit much for me to start with.
Looking forward to talking to people who have a interest in ants, and I am sure I will be learning a lot of facts here.