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Could someone tell me what species of ant this is?
Iíve done some research on ant keeping and managed to catch an queen ant, who after a few days, laid some eggs which later hatched, and I really want to know what species it is, so I can provide for it better.

Here are some images of the ant:
Thatís a picture of it online.
I found it while randomly scrolling around, but it didnít display its name.
Hereís a picture of it in its test tube when I first caught it.
« Last Edit: March 18, 2018, 11:57:15 AM by TurtleDuDe48 »
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Can you please tell us at least the country that would help us immensely to narrow it down. I'm currently asking the antkeeping chat but it's a calm day so it may take a while to get an ID.

By the size of the gaster she's a fully claustral species which means she doesn't need any food until her first workers arrive. All she needs is a dark quiet place that's not too cold (20įC or higher should be fine, since she has already laid eggs I wouldn't heat her as it's generally not worth the risk of accidentally overheating the tube).

When they first workers hatch they need sugary liquids and proteins.
- Sugar water, diluted maple syrup and similar stuff works well for sugar supply.
- Best protein food for small colonies are soft-bodies dead arthropods like fruit flies, spiders or flies.

The eggs will probably take around 4-8 weeks to develop into workers, at the time those workers hatch it would be great to have an outworld as feeding in the tube usually doesn't really work well.

alright, so i caught the queen around early january, in newzealand, auckland.

any suggestions for what i could use as an outworld? i dont have too many things in my house currently
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You're in no hurry, you won't need an outworld for at least another 4 weeks (probably more like 6 weeks) after the queen laid first eggs, eggs take a pretty long time to develop into adult ants.

Plastic containers do fine for the start, you could also use an aquarium later.

Here are some helpful videos:

Here's a good video on how to build a cheap nest:
« Last Edit: March 20, 2018, 12:21:58 PM by Serafine »

Our NZ antkeepers say it is most likely some Iridomyrmex species.