Post by trueviper on Apr 2, 2015 17:09:11 GMT
Obviously preventing your ants from escaping is an important aspect of ant keeping so with that in mind I've taken a small plastic food container and painted a 1cm border of PTFE around the top inside edge.
I've collected 4 Lasius niger from outside and placed them inside the container with a honey water soaked cotton wool blob in payment for helping me out with my experiment.
Have observed all 4 ants unable to move onto the PTFE border. This stuff really works!
Will keep them over night and release them in the morning if they haven't managed to escape.
In the meantime I'm just enjoying watching them, quite fascinating actually seeing them up close like that and watching how they behave and interact. Especially when each one in turn found the honey water. They pounced on it with relish and an hour later are still gorging themselves!
And I just love it when they clean themselves, that's the thing I've noticed about them the most.
Never thought I'd ever enjoy simply watching ants but I have to admit I'm hooked
Bring on the colonies!