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Posted by D Wallingford on June 28, 2002 at 18:38:45:
I live on 11 acres in the hill country of Texas. I miss seeing our native Horned toads like I did when I was young. We are blessed to have three very large Harvester Ant Mounds on our land. I have been keeping the fire ants at bay within 200 feet of each mound, and have been pleased to see the little fellows busy reproducing. Whitch brings me to my question. Today, while doing my daily round of the mounds, I was amazed to see over 50 winged queen's climing to the tops of the surrounding grass twigs and flying off to start new colonies. I now have two queens to use to start a mound I can place in an area that we can watch from our porch.
I need a it of information to give these ladies a good start. Once they have a good healthy population, I will attempt to tranplant them into the wild.
1. How should I house them?
2. What should I feed them?
3. Will two queens cooperate in one "location?
I have built a "ant farm" out of an old window frame, but have not moved the queens into yet.
Any professional, or experianced assistance will be followed to the letter. (I am a middle aged Engineer, and will ultimatly try to reintroduce Horned Toads to our little piece of heaven)
Thank you in advance.