Catching ants

We gave Aya an “antquarium” for her birthday and she wanted to catch some ants to put in it, so we went into the forest to find some. We found a nest and she collected ten or so ants. Once she put them into the antquarium, they immediately got to work tunneling into the blue gel, which also functions as their food source according to the instructions. Link to supplier here:

We also found a queen, but unfortunately she died before we could put her into the antquarium…

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Insecta: Hymenoptera: Formicidae
Carpenter ant = Camponotus japonicus = Kuro-oo-ari