To everyone who heard the fuss about Pokémon GO, wouldn’t you also say that catching ants is similar to catching Pokémon? We go out ant try to catch as many species as possible, especially the rare ones, and test tubes are our Poké Balls.
Pokémon GO is a new augmented-reality mobile game which uses GPS and the Google Maps API, forcing the player to actually go out there and walk around in order to find Pokémon. I absolutely love the game, and I’ve been playing it for the past days straight. But when you’re out there, you could as well look for real animals and plants. Searching for insects, birding or identifying plants is just as fun as catching Pokémon (except for the battles). There are thousands and thousands species out there that you could discover.
I’ve made this comparison before to convince people that nature is really fun. As for me, I’m going to keep looking for species both in the Pokémon Universe and our universe. I’ll have my cake and eat it too.
As a website for ant keepers, ANTfinity needs more elaboration in different ant species, so I’ve decided to add caresheets to ANTfinity for different species of ants. Caresheets are widely available on the internet for most pets, but they are lacking for ant species. They provide accessible and brief schemes with information about how to take care of a certain species. You can access ANTfinity’s ant caresheets through the Caresheets page. For now, I’ve only written a caresheet for Lasius niger, but I’ll write caresheets for more species soon. Subscribe to ANTfinity if you want to stay updated. Check out the caresheet for Lasius nigerhere or tell me which species you’d like to see a caresheet for in the comments. If you’d like to contribute by writing a caresheet for a certain species, you can use the Lasius niger caresheet as a template and e-mail it to me by using the contact form. If your caresheet will be used on the website, I’ll provide the caresheet with attribution and a link. Hopefully, the caresheets will contribute to making the ant keeping hobby more accessible and easy for beginners.
For the last couple of months, ANTfinity had very poor loading time and was even down at most times. I apologize for the inconvenience. I’m not really a whizzkid, so I had a hard time to find the cause of this problem. Me being very busy with my study wasn’t helpful either. However, today I found out what was wrong and the problem is fortunately solved now.
Now that the website works well again, I can post updates of my ants again. All my colonies have been taken out of the refrigerator again since a couple of weeks, bringing their dormancy to an end. Also, since it’s springtime in the Netherlands, all native ant species are busy again. As you can see, there is a lot to write about, so subscribe to stay updated if you haven’t done so yet!
Hello and welcome to ANTfinity! On this ant blog, I will be writing about ants in general, keep a record of my own colonies and share my experience in keeping ants. As I described on the About page, this blog can be summarized as following:
ANTfinity is an ant blog for those interested in ants, keeping ants, observing ants, photographing ants or for those who just want to learn a little bit more about these tiny, yet important creatures. With ANTfinity, I endeavour to record the progress of my own ant colonies, but also to share my experience in order to encourage everyone else to keep ants. Furthermore, I will share interesting facts and scientific knowledge of the subject.
That means that I will also share knowledge of ant-related subjects that do not directly apply to ant keeping. For example, this will include tips and tricks on photographing ants, which is, in fact, relatively new to me as well. In the Articles section, I will write articles about essential subjects, like the basic biology of ants, how to obtain ants, how to keep them and how to make formicariums.
ANTfinity is an ant blog for everyone. For those keeping ants, for those willing to keep ants, or for those interested in observing them, fascinated by them, or just curious about them. My main objective is to convince my readers what a great and rewarding hobby ant keeping is and to encourage as much people as possible to keep their own ants, but I also hope to provide a platform where a lot of knowledge on ant keeping will be shared, not only by me, but also by you.