Following their long, three day journey back to the UK from Australia, via Hong Kong, and the delays caused by a storm, together with the vagaries of trying to clear customs over a weekend at Heathrow, our ants arrived in Scotland and were immediately housed in our newly prepared Weaver Ant Room.
The colonies were immediately released onto 1.2m high Portuguese Laurel trees. These plants were placed in large saucers of water and the ants were given full access to each plant.
Looking uncomfortably like a drug growing facility, our rows of these plants were separated by a walkway which allows passage without getting covered in ants! Almost immediately the colonies of Weaver Ants started to build their nest ‘baskets’ in the middle of these plants.
The ants wasted no time starting to feed either. They are voracious. First to be offered was wax worms……
They showed their classic hunting technique, pinning down in numbers and then dismembering.