Hello, sorry if I've gone to the wrong place on the website, only joined yesterday 13th Nov, but I'm planning to build a large formicarium with the ant Camponotus cruentatus in mind. Firstly, what advice can you offer me as to how best to obtain a small colony of this species? I understand they are a southern European species so is it legal to keep them here? Would I need a special licence? The last species I kept for a few years was Myrmica rubra - but am interested in something a bit more challenging. Any advice would be welcome.
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I am not sure what type of Formicarium you plan to build, but as to the question of whether you can keep Camponotus cruentatus legally in the UK, the answer is, YES YOU CAN ;D I myself have kept this species and most ant selling sites will supply them to UK collectors.
While I would advise any British ant keeper NOT to obtain ants on the endangered list, or extremely aggressive or heavily invasive species, I am glad to say that most European ant species can be bought as they are still plentiful in the wild; and a good ant seller/supplier only collects newly mated queens and doesn't go digging up established healthy colonies if they are reputable enough, as mated queens will raise a colony fairly quickly given the right conditions. You don't need a special license to keep most ants, including many exotic tropical species.
Enjoy your visits to Ant Hill World, as you will find it is a hive of information into the world of Myrmecology.
Hi Jimbo and welcome. On the right hand side of this forum Jenant has made a links bar, it is the one which has orange links on it. Open this and you will find a list of ant selling sites boxes, so just click on these to open the site and view the ants they sell
Good luck making your formicarium, what kind do you plan to make?
I have moved this topic into this board as is the best place for our more novice ant keepers, and your thread is more about ants; but here you will get answers for any questions you might ask until you gain more experience Have fun exploring, as we are a very friendly community and the Ant Hill is a great place to drop in and learn about ants.