Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Today you’ll get a chance to see how ants live. The best way to know more about the insects is to make them stay in an artificial ant hill that can be made without any efforts.

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

That was the first house of the ants before they got a new and comfortable  dwelling.

Ants At Home!

It consisted of a test-tube with a wet piece of cotton as worms will never survive in case of bad humidity. The box is considered as arena where they can hunt and gather food.

Ants At Home!

The queen is laying an egg.

Ants At Home!

In spite of the fact that ants see a lot of food, they try to leave the dwelling. The fissures are covered with greasy lip gloss which makes it impossible to leave. Four soldiers died. The more food they are given the greater amount of them dies.

Ants At Home!

The test-tube is filled with worms and eggs. There is not enough place for 40 ants. By the way, there was just 10 of them in the very beginning.

Ants At Home!

The egg is carried away by the workers to a special place where other eggs are kept.

Ants At Home!

Feeding the queen.

Ants At Home!

Ants like eating small insects and meat. Those ants that were born recently try to function as nurses though they can’t even walk properly yet. Older ants supply them with food and clean them. Food that is planned to be carried inside the test-tube is examined by the guard that can reject it as garbage.

Ants At Home!

Doesn’t the queen eat too much?

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

They don’t eat much in winter and are rather passive. The situation changes in spring, as their appetite is improving increasingly. Worms that saw no changes in winter increased twice. The ants in the picture are carrying empty shells to the dump site.

Ants At Home!

A worker is cleaning a new-born ant.

Ants At Home!

They don’t eat much in winter and are rather passive. The situation changes in spring, as their appetite is improving increasingly. Worms that saw no changes in winter increased twice. The ants in the picture are carrying empty shells to the dump site.

Ants At Home!

The new soldier.

Ants At Home!

Upper part of their eggs is transparent.

Ants At Home!

It is high time to build a new dwelling.

Ants At Home!

A soldier ant.

Ants At Home!

Did you know that a typical ant colony consists of female workers only? Their queen needs male ants just for mating and only once as after fertilization she is capable to produce eggs for 20 years. Meanwhile, working female ants live from 1 to 5 years and males die soon after mating.

Ants At Home!

Once you decide to breed ants forget about a test-tube as many ants including Camponotus fellah are very big in size.

Ants At Home!

A working ant is 1 cm long while the queen and soldiers are twice as big.

Ants At Home!

It is high time to make an artificial ant hill which should consist of a gypsum block with available passages and rooms facing the arena. Ants need ventilation and a possibility to moisture their dwelling.

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!A future ant hill.

Ants At Home!

The bottom of the box must be lined with plastic wrap.

Ants At Home!

The gypsum is placed in a box which is then covered with a glass plate supplied with clay removing extra gypsum.

Ants At Home!

Removing the clay that was left. Wash the cast thoroughly to avoid any fat and leave it to dry for a couple of days.

Ants At Home!

Couple the cast with a glass plate.

Ants At Home!

Cover the ventilation holes with capron mesh.

Ants At Home!

Trial assembly.

Ants At Home!

Entrance to the arena.

Ants At Home!

It’s time for housewarming party!

Ants At Home!

The first explorer is investigating the new dwelling.

Ants At Home!

The space was then examined by working ants and after that a soldier was invited.

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Workers carried not only necessary things but crooked ants as well.

Ants At Home!

As soon as the last ones were put on the floor they could stand up and start running around…

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

… or just continued lying without changing their position.

Ants At Home!

The queen was transported after everything was ready. The soldier in the picture meets and feeds every carrier.

Ants At Home!

Carrying follicles.

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

The ants thought the ventilation holes to be rather huge and decreased them using the gypsum around.

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Their mouths were full of gypsum.

Ants At Home!

Helping each other to remove the gypsum.

Ants At Home!

The ant hill is ready.

Ants At Home!

A new ant is revealing itself to the world.

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Drinking water.

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Ants At Home!

Ants don’t mind eating cat food.

Ants At Home!

A soldier is cleaning a worker.

Ants At Home!

via dandrey and master-klass

18 thoughts on “Ants At Home!”

  1. Uh, why would I build them a house when they’ve invaded and occupied mine? I’d rather exile them to Siberia (or Afghanistan).

  2. Nice too show this here,in a topic,ones been to an animal park with a huge ant colony,between two pieces of window(10 by 10 meters)now that’s fun,different species of ants also,all with their own survival strategy,i hope human population never came to that point…..an(t)d became one without the double glass….:-)

  3. This is pretty interesting. You could perform experiments on them. This would be great to teach kids how to document their experiments etc…
    But I think they would rather build their home. They have those clear “ant farms”, made out of some king of gelatin.

  4. one ferilized queen creating a whole society that takes care of her and vice versa..

    Nice ant house and splendid pictures, it would be a good school project to amaze the kids

  5. I had ant colony very much like this. Complete with magnification glass. It was fun until one day I set it in sunny spot…

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