Step 15: Your finished, time to find some ants!!

Once you have completed the project it is time to find your new inhabitants.
A small guide follows.

Locating Queens- Yearly ants of almost all species have nuptual flights. This is when the queens take flight in order to mate and start a new colony. If these nuptual flights are occuring simply take several queens mid air or on the ground and place them inside a test tube / small container with a moist cotton ball.

Collecting a colony- This is easy when you can find a colony under a movable rock. If this is the case simply collect the ants and the queen.
If the nest is located under the ground, take a shovel and cut the nest out. Take a cube 30cm x 30cm x 30cm of soil out around the nest. Transfer that into a bucket and put the lid on it. Take it home and go through the dirt to locate the queen and workers.
<p>Cool. You should import these to the USA!</p>
I saw this done at outdoor landscaping show in Calgary. I thought it was cool but couldn't remember how they did or what they used for their <a href="http://www.calgarysprinklersystems.com/about.asp" rel="nofollow">irrigation systems</a>. Thanks for sharing!
Very cool project! You can also use a &quot;snifter&quot; to collect ants though! <br>
Certainly can, I use one all the time.
thats really cool, good
Thanks, you should give it a go! It's easy!
Great idea! You are a very creative person!<br /> Congrats, continue giving us these instructables<br />
Thanks Spikes! Though I don't post here anymore, I do still have my email linked to comments on my I'bles and I do read everyone still coming in. <br> <br>Your's among the many stood out. All are great but your's I remember well and the &quot;continue giving us these instructables&quot;. <br> <br>I am strongly considering returning to the fold. Firstly perhaps I should reply to the many comments still left. <br> <br> <br>Thanks
wow what a nice instructable!!! congrats..:) wanna see an updated picture ants included and a working colony!!!
The colony was released as I determined the legislation available on keeping the species was not defined enough for my liking. Possibly illegal, possibly not. I chose to go with the side of caution.
No, I never liked catching ants bacuase they were all fire ants. It hurts SO BAD when fire ants bite you!
My bad... because
Try bull ants. They make fire ants seem tame.<br />
Where exactly did you get your valve system? I'm having trouble finding anywhere these mini irrigation systems or perhaps i'm just wording it wrong in searches.
You shoudl find them at your local home depot style store. Anyone whom stocks irragation for the garden should have these for the drippers etc.
Thank you so much, you was correct in just looking at the local Lowes. I've modified the design a little though. I'm making a terrarium style ant habitat with soil and the like. And instead of the misting system, like I originally had mind for, I've stumbled upon another irrigation style. I'll be using a drip nozzle, with a measured reservoir set up above the case (It's been compared to a water tower several times by friends). So I can merely pour in an allotted amount, let gravity take its course and it will slowly drip into the soil, or perhaps even just drip down into a petri dish sized 'pond'. Its all in development, and if it gets elaborate enough I may even make an Instructable on it to compliment the other formicariums.
how in theheck did you keep them in your enclosure.
The clear lid keeps them in. ;-)
on the wood part i meant what you don't have mind reading powers either. DANGIT
Glass or acrylic plastic. That's used to hold it in.
show some ants?
Not at the moment. I am still sourcing an Australian bull ant colony. One of the largest species of ants.
myrmica pavida? there protected now so i dont think you will be getting them soon/cheap. if you do get them, THATS AWESOME. good luck
Oh, by the way, I got a colony and queen, except I made an error on tunnel size, way to small for them to use this formicarium.
myrmica pavida?? No, I do not believe that is the scientific name. There are several AB species. Brown, jumping, meat etc. I believe the one pictured is a brown. When you say they are protected, do you mean in a specific area? As far as I am aware, none of the Australian Bullant species come under protection laws. Do you mean in National parks etc? As I have not seen them on an endangered listing.. Could you provide more details about the protection laws? "so i dont think you will be getting them soon/cheap." I have a friend whom exports them legally, there are also hundreds of colonies in my suburb. One in my back yard infact.
the and and the yellowjacket?
?? Sorry, I don't follow.
i meant ant not and
no that is not my piture either.... It has been so google circulated now I can find the owner to credit it....
excuses excuses excuses...jk Just say its yours and the owner should pop soon...
If anyone wants free ants, come take the from my yard!!! You can have the entire hill! For free!! Oh, and nice instructable.
yeah and my yard you can take the whole ant pile!
you can also take the ones under my stepping stones.
why,don't you just love it when they all of the sudden swarm over the stones?XD :P
Hah Hah funny NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!<sup>especially not the soldier ants, they hurt</sup><br/>
Ah,yes,Gotta love ants on your pants :P
Also, they can feel free to dig up the 3 from our front yard. We have one of fire ants and 2 of the common black ants.
<sup>lol</sup> also, if anyone takes my ants, take my wasps too, the ants need something to eat XD <sup>i am fed up with wasps</sup> <sub>stupid wasps...</sub><br/>
I'm trying to build a Laser Pistol to do that. My friend stole the laser diode from my DVD reader, though. *swears wildly* Now I've got a piece of crap 5mW that can't even burn paper to work with. I planned on using it for targeting...<br/>
Too bad, I don't have any glass or cage, or what the dirt is made of...
I may have to try this when I move out. Great instructable!
I would love to install one of these in a cavity internal wall of a house. That would be awesome.
Like have an ant colony for a wall? Because I was thinking of that!
Great minds. ;-)
True that, true that.
grammar bad,grammar bad
im in america i live in the suberbs how couldi get some ants and do u think i should get a queen also love the instrucible u destroy uncle miltons plastic crud
You will find thousands of colonies in your local area. Check under bricks, next to downpipes, in rotten branches both on trees and on the ground. The idea is to locate ant trails and follow them back to the nest. I like to take a piece of ham, and break it into small pieces. I walk around and try to spot lone ants. Drop some meat next to them. they will return to the nest and get recruits. within an hour you should find a steady stream of ants return with food to the nest. Follow the ants back, normally you can guess the general direction they are travelling and skip ahead. Sometimes you need to follow a single ant for a bit. Ants generally lives for around 3 months, so for a colony that will survive for longer you need a queen. I must say though, maintenance of a queen and survival rate are not good. To start I would just find 40 or so ants to amuse you now, then try for a queen.

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