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Here is a selection of the videos of my ant colony found on my YouTube channel.  You can find the channel by either clicking on the YouTube button to the right, or by clicking any of the videos below.



Thank you for visiting my website.  The intention of this website is to tell you about ants; what they do, their nests, the mating cycles of the flying ants, what they eat, what species there are, and even how to keep them as pets.  I have tried to keep the information contained on this site as clear and concise as possible so that it does not get confusing or boring.  I am aware that a lot of schools and young children use this site as a reference.

The site is generally about species found in the UK as they are the ones I have had most experience with, though I am more than happy to answer questions about non-UK ants.

If you have any questions about ants, or about this website, or you wish to have a more in depth discussion or information about ants then contact me by clicking the Contact Myrm tab on the left side of this page.  

Thank you.

13 April 2018, Friday


Well, Spring is officially here now.  I know there is a date that is the official start of Spring, but I always consider Spring to have truly commenced once I see the Lasius niger workers from the wild colonies in my garden starting to forage.  Though, admittedly I have not seen them in my garden, I have seen them in my neighbours garden.  The large Lasius niger colony in my garden is one that I originally raised from a single queen who went on to produce a huge colony in captivity.  The colony grew so large that they had to be relocated in the garden.  That colony started on 23 July 2001, so it would now be almost 17 years old.  Queen Lasius niger queens live, on average, for about 15 years, so it’s entirely possible that this queen has passed on and her colony dying out. I have not seen any flying queen ants from this colony for a couple of years now, another sign of the possible demise of the queen.


If you are interested you can read the archived journal of this colony from birth to relocation, you can do so by visiting the Myrm’s Pet Ants page on this site and selecting “Lasius niger 1” from the Past Colonies box.


Today I have updated my five current colony journals, which again can be read by visiting the Myrm’s Pet Ants page of this site.



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