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    • CommentAuthorJosh.P.
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018
     
    So i spent the day working on my map for the second Facebook Map Challenge.

    I've merged the vertical dungeon style in with a combination of Mike Schley's Ink style and Par Lindstrom's B&W Dungeon style.

    I also collect ant's so this was a bit of a blend of my two primary hobbies.

    I want to explore how to make some nice wagon marks in the dirt. Need a bit more of an edge fade on the paths too. I felt the detail wasn't really that important in this case though as the vertical map really draws the eye. Open to all feedback :D

    A Map
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018
     
    You collect ants?

    How interesting :)

    Does that mean you keep live colonies in glass sided cases?

    That's a great map ;)
    • CommentAuthorJosh.P.
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018 edited
     
    Yeah, it's something I've always wanted and tried to do but have given it a much more serious crack this year.

    I have 3 Myrmercia Pyriformis Queens currently. Had 4 but one died yesterday :'(

    One of them has just laid eggs which is super exciting. These are commonly called Bull Ants or Inch Ants. They are huge, incredibly aggressive and can see you up to about 2m away and will react aggressively. These are a very hard species to keep as unlike most species they need to forage every night for food. So I have out-worlds connected up to their nests.

    A Map

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    Ive also got a Camponotus consobrinus (Banded Sugar Ant) Queen. She has two workers so this is my most advanced nest to date.

    A Map

    I recently found a Iridomyrmex purpureus (Meat ants) Queen and she has laid a whole heap of eggs. Super excited about her as they are a fast growing super aggressive species and will be fascinating to watch.

    A Map

    I have about 20 others also but they are all smaller common ants. These are my favourites :)

    Here's a few shots of the setups.

    A Map

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    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018
     
    OMGosh!

    LOL!

    They're nightmare sized.

    It beats my 10 year old unusual pet dream of owning a corn snake :P

    Still - this is hardly getting Sanctuary mapped, so I will have to stop staring at your queens with horrified fascination and get on with my map! :)
    • CommentAuthorLoopysue
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018
     
    I forgot to mention - that scale of '40' on your map. I presume that feet?
    • CommentAuthorJosh.P.
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018
     
    ! yes that should be feet. Thanks I'll add that to the list of things to fix.
    • CommentAuthorScottA
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018
     
    Really like that map, it's very clever. Nice work.
    • CommentAuthorjslayton
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018
     
    I'm a bit of an ant-keeper myself. I have a lovely supercolony of Linepithema humile that I let roam free in my house. It's fun to watch them go about their business and sometimes I get to watch a half-dozen queens and all of their regalia go by on their way to new quarters.
    • CommentAuthorLorelei
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018
     
    Posted By: jslayton I have a lovely supercolony of Linepithema humile that I let roam free in my house.


    Roam free in your house???? Aren't you afraid you may step on them?
    • CommentAuthorjslayton
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018
     
    They're pretty small and reproduce quickly, so a few here and there aren't too bad. They are even tolerant of my regular bouts of feeding them sugar water laced with borax.
    • CommentAuthorJimP
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018
     
    Careful, it looks like the one next to the cotton swab is about to take it away from you and hit you with it.
    • CommentAuthorJosh.P.
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018
     
    She was very sick at that time. I managed to get her back to health by feeding her like that for about a week. She's back to normal health now :)
    • CommentAuthorJosh.P.
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018
     
    @Jslayton - I would love to get a colony to a stage where the workers can leave the nest to go and forage! The wife would never allow that with the Myrmercia Pyriformis though. There's been too many recorded deaths by them so she would never trust them around the kids.
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      CommentAuthorDogtag
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018 edited
     
    jslayton wrote:I'm a bit of an ant-keeper myself. I have a lovely supercolony of Linepithema humile that I let roam free in my house. It's fun to watch them go about their business and sometimes I get to watch a half-dozen queens and all of their regalia go by on their way to new quarters.

    To which Josh.P. replied:I would love to get a colony to a stage where the workers can leave the nest to go and forage! The wife would never allow that with the Myrmercia Pyriformis though. There's been too many recorded deaths by them so she would never trust them around the kids.

    :-|
    • CommentAuthorScottA
    • CommentTimeMay 5th 2018
     
    Those sure are some giAnts, though... See what I just did there?

    That's why I do maps and not comedy...
    • CommentAuthorJimP
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2018
     
    Well, at least they aren't the Ants from the movie 'Them !'.
    • CommentAuthorJosh.P.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2018
     
    In excited. 10+ eggs over the weekend!
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2018
     
    Woah!

    Very cool map and a really unique (and somewhat terrifying) hobby. Does anyone remember the old sci-fi movie "Them!"?
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      CommentAuthorMonsen
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2018
     
    I guess JimP did (look up). Unfortunately I haven't seen it myself, but these made me think of the old computer games 'It Came From the Desert!' which I enjoyed in my youth.
    • CommentAuthorShessar
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2018
     
    Posted By: MonsenI guess JimP did (look up).


    Oh. Oops! Missed that. :P
    • CommentAuthorJimP
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2018
     
    No sillies. :-)

    I saw the movie in the movie theater. Leonard Nemoy has a brief part in it.