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Are temnothorax polygynous?


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#1 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted May 20 2019 - 12:53 PM

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I don’t have a queen yet, but they are my most desired species, and if I find some, I would like to know if it’s okay for them to have multiple queens?
Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#2 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted May 20 2019 - 1:13 PM

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In the very first paragraph on AntWiki Temnothorax page: "Colonies are typically monogynous, although facultative polygyny has been documented in several species"



#3 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted May 20 2019 - 1:24 PM

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Oh, thanks. Didn’t really do any research, whoops!
Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#4 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 20 2019 - 1:28 PM

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There is one tiny black species at my place that always has more than 10 queens per colony.
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#5 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted May 20 2019 - 1:38 PM

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There is one tiny black species at my place that always has more than 10 queens per colony.


Ya, I think I know what your talking about, but I don’t know the species name.
Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#6 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted May 20 2019 - 2:26 PM

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There is one tiny black species at my place that always has more than 10 queens per colony.

Possibly T. longispinosus?


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#7 Offline VoidElecent - Posted May 20 2019 - 3:07 PM

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I've had success founding two queen, three queen, and even four queen Temnothorax curvispinosus colonies. 



#8 Offline Wa.Va - Posted May 21 2019 - 12:49 PM

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I found a colony of Temnothorax nylandri in one acorn. When I kept them I notice after a while that workers sometimes attack each other. I didn't rlly cared for it since no deads occurred, and I though they just carry each other to help each other. What I didn't know is that inside that acorn, two different colonies were developing. I still have the two colonies. Separated.
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#9 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted May 21 2019 - 4:11 PM

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I found a colony of Temnothorax nylandri in one acorn. When I kept them I notice after a while that workers sometimes attack each other. I didn't rlly cared for it since no deads occurred, and I though they just carry each other to help each other. What I didn't know is that inside that acorn, two different colonies were developing. I still have the two colonies. Separated.


Dang, I’d be lucky to find one colony, I looked all tonight and got two more Camponotus subbarbatus queens as well as a small aphenogaster colony with a queen inside of a walnut.
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Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!




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