So this post is starting to get a bunch of traction, and I wanted to expand more on what has worked well for me personally and give some insights on the upgrades. First and foremost, I have used several different 3d printers and for the money, the ANET A8 has performed beyond my expectations.
http://amzn.to/2BCp8VO – Ivelink 0.4mm MK8 Extruder M6 Stainless Steel Nozzle for 1.75mm Makerbot Ultimaker UM2 E3D (Pack of 5pcs)
Wow, Wow, Wow. This is the second best (possibly THE best) upgrade I have done to my printer. While there are several different auto bed leveling sensors, I can safely say the BL-touch is fantastic. It works with any type of bed, so those who have upgraded to a glass bed, it will still function.
While there is a common misconception that the auto-bed level will prevent any more bed leveling it does account for any warpage or small imperfections in the levelness of your bed and will increase your print quality noticeably.
This is my favorite upgrade, it noticeably increases stability and adds uncompromised strength and modification options. The popular AM8 Metal extrusion upgrade utilizes 2040 extruded aluminum.
The total cost for this upgrade ran right around $60 USD. The build guide and Build of Materials are available through the link. You will also need an M5 Tap to complete this upgrade. Altogether, totally worth the additional cost.
Printable A8 Upgrades
I have compiled a list of printable parts for the A8 to help with print quality.
once you see your frame bend under the force of tight GF belts and consider a “frame brace”, this is a much more sensible solution http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2045010
(or use 8*365mm aluminum tube, wedged between two felt pads
I spent months locating, studying and compiling information to identify Ohio Nuptial Flight Periods. After much research, and digging around I have compiled a list of nuptial ant flight periods in Ohio. While this is probably not an exhaustive list, it should make the process a bit easier when attempting to find new queen ants.
A Prenolepis imparis founding queen with eggs inside a test tube setup.
Look for nuptial flights right after it rains and a day or two after a rainfall on warm days. Ants tend to fly after rainfall because of the increased humidity and possibly that the soil is easier to dig.
Without further aduex, here is the flight calendar. I can not guarantee any validity of species other than what I found on the web, please feel free to comment and I will keep this chart updated as frequently as possible.
The numbers represent the number of sightings found in the antweb database. The larger the number the more likely that ant will be during a nuptial flight period.