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Cataglyphis viaticus

Beitragvon miszt » 12. Okt 2007 01:27

The kinds of the type Cataglyphis are exclusively ground inhabitants. In adaptation to their way of life as a ground hunter they have nearly lost the ability to climb up at plain surfaces like panes of glass. They do this only under the greatest efforts and undertake such excursion only at food storage, at concerns or lack of space. As an inhabitant of subtropic areas this ant needs a rest, like the hibernation of local kinds. A cool down of the terrarium on 15 to 18 degrees for 1 to 2 months in the winter is enough to interrupt the brood activity and to give the colony time to regenerate. Also offer enough fodder in the form of carbohydrates now.

* Taxonomy: Subfamily Formicinae, Tribe Formicini
* Distribution: Mediterranean countries, north africa
* Characteristics: polymorph
* Appearence of the queen: head and thorax matt red, gaster matt black, bottom side of the gaster shiny black, very long legs
* Appearance of the workers: Head and thorax matt red, gaster matt black, bottom side of the gaster shiny black, very long legs
* Size: Queen about 16 mm, Workers: 6 - 16 mm
* Breed-time: fast (4 - 6 weeks)
* Nest building: soil nests
* Nutrition: living insects self-hunted, also fresh-dead insects and other invertebrates, honey- and sugar water, always fresh water in a drank. (The kind is not excessively demanding, but needs, sufficient care and constant supplies of animal protein during the summer period)
* Temperature: warm (25 - 30 °C), in the deeper nest area there should be cooler areas.
* Air humidity: in the deeper nest area there should be areas with higher air humidity. besides dry, occasional spraying of the runout area with water.
* Number of basins: 1 basin is adequate, but with a base as lage as possible.
* Dimensions of basin: at least 40 x 30 x 30 cm (depending of colony-size), with a possibility to clean up the nest
* Soil conditions: sand, loam, stones. Design the fittings from steppes to dessert-like, some dry branches increase the runout surface.
* Planting: Plantation with mediterranean plants is advantageous. Hydrocultures with havy little stones are advisable, because for the big and strong ants it is impossible then to put on twig nests in the damp root area.
* Accessories: an infrared heating lamp for heating the nest. Terrarium lighting with clock timer.
* Keeping level: middle


Have just finished setting up their new formicarium :) very excited to be getting these ants, Cataglyphis are my favorite ants :D


Particuly because of there aggression and hunting capabilities, and theyr eye sight is good to, which was the first thing i learnt about them from c.bicolors :D


This is a fairly simple setup, i cut out a ytong nest, it has 3 sides of tunnels and chambers, and one exit up into the desert floor. A fairly large basin supplies water to the nest, and a drinking source for the ants, very important as this setup will be kept between 27-30C. The 'pond' also has a plant pot carved into the ytong with a couple of tropical plants in, and theres a cactus in the dry side

Used 30% yellow sand, 10% white sand, 20% red sand and 40% loam, to try and make a sarahan desert color, didnt work to well, but looks nice enough

for heating i have a 20w lamp in the roof, focusing on the 'dry' side of the formicarium, and a 25w heat mat on the back left side of the tank, tempreture has held at 24C for today, not warm enough, so I'm going to change the mat to a 40w and the bulb to 25w, which will hopefully be better :) bulb is on a 12/12 timer


now i just have to wait for the ants to arrive, once the temprture has stablized i'll introduce them and post sum pics :D
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Beitragvon Santa Claus » 13. Okt 2007 15:44

Nice description!
It will be interesting to see how quickly ants find the hole in ground and place all of them into anthill. Would you please make some pics when ants will be arrive?
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Beitragvon Purifier » 13. Okt 2007 15:48

It wont need long time. My Messor spec. find their hole very fast (after 2 days) and moved into the y-tong :)

But yeah...make more pics of your ants when they arrived ;)
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Beitragvon miszt » 13. Okt 2007 15:53

usually its very fast, as the back section is a few cm thick sand/loam mix, i'm gona put the test tube entrance directly over the ytong entrance, because i dont want them to try and dig into the sand, they wont get very far, but its a waste of energy for them after a long trip.....pics will come soon as they arrive :D hoped theyd come today, but no luck...hopefully the postal strikes next week will be called off :(
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Beitragvon JimmyVe » 13. Okt 2007 17:45

Nice farm miszt. Can't wait to see more pictures. ;)
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Beitragvon sithmaster676 » 13. Okt 2007 23:10

hopefully the post stop there strikes but the have proposed a continuous strike meaning they will strike once or twice each week until there happy which isn't good and it means your colony has to sit at the post office. thats why i use the DHL option a lot more reliable and faster.
but nice setup and give us some pics when you have your colony.
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Beitragvon JimmyVe » 15. Okt 2007 16:18

off topic: Here in Belgium the people that collect the garbage (don't know the English word for it) are on a strike. ;)
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Beitragvon mpir » 15. Okt 2007 18:23

Hehe... I think there will be elections everywhere as people are on strike. :D In Slovenia most of strikes happen like half year before elections. Best time to negotiate as goverment that wants to be re-elected will do everyting to have "peace" in the country. :D
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Beitragvon sithmaster676 » 15. Okt 2007 19:09

well in england the high courts have made a law that the royal mail can't do any more official strikes so this means that hopefully our mail service should return to normal within a week or so.
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Beitragvon JimmyVe » 15. Okt 2007 19:48

Off topic: (still ;) ) here in Belgium we don't have a government, there where elections about 120 days ago, but still no government.
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Beitragvon mzfckr » 15. Okt 2007 20:42

stop striking :D .mizst you have that ants now?
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Beitragvon Santa Claus » 15. Okt 2007 21:24

are you have to wait yet? or something happend?
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Beitragvon miszt » 17. Okt 2007 21:08

still waiting :( hope theyr ok, its very cold here now
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Beitragvon miszt » 19. Okt 2007 20:07

turns out the colony I was going to get wasnt very healthy, so decieding on a replacment, maybe cataglphis or Pheidologeton of sum kind
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Beitragvon JimmyVe » 22. Okt 2007 20:59

Sorry to hear that miszt, hope the colony you decide to keep now will be strong and healthy ;)
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