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AntsBC's Lasius americanus Journal (Updated, July 5, 2019: First Worker Born)

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#1 Offline AntsBC - Posted June 9 2019 - 1:24 PM

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Hey everyone,

 

I've decided to create a journal on my Lasius americanus queen, as she is about to get her first workers any day now.

 

In my parts, Lasius spp. are quite discrete, so I was actually quite excited when I found her walking on the side of a pool, last year in late July. Luckily, I had a test tube in my pocket (you never know when you're going to find queens) , so I was able to capture her.

 

She laid her first batch of eggs shortly after being housed in a test tube, and she overwintered them as larva. Now, she has almost too much brood to handle. I estimate around 15ish larva, and three pupae. Two of the pupae aren't in the picture; she has them set off to the other side of the test tube. I fed her half of a spider so hopefully she will be able to keep up with feeding all of her larva.

 

Here's some photo's of her with her brood:

 

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Edited by AntsBC, July 5 2019 - 10:17 AM.

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My Active Journals:

 

Formica fossaceps (Parasitic sp.)

Formica ravida (Parasitic sp.)
Formica pacifica 
Lasius americanus 
Manica hunteri

 

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#2 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted June 10 2019 - 2:21 AM

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Lasius look so fun to keep! I really want them!
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#3 Offline AntsBC - Posted July 5 2019 - 10:15 AM

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Update, July 5, 2019: First Worker Born

 

This queen got her first worker yesterday. The nanitic is still very pale, and quite timid. She was hiding under her mom for the majority of the checkup.

 

I have high hopes for this colony, as I think they are going to grow quite quickly. This queen has the most amount of brood I've ever seen a queen have in her first batch, (I'm used to Formica, lol).

 

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Edited by AntsBC, July 5 2019 - 10:20 AM.

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My Active Journals:

 

Formica fossaceps (Parasitic sp.)

Formica ravida (Parasitic sp.)
Formica pacifica 
Lasius americanus 
Manica hunteri

 

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#4 Online ANTdrew - Posted July 5 2019 - 11:11 AM

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So cool! Finding a non-parasitic Lasius is on my bucket list.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#5 Offline NickAnter - Posted July 5 2019 - 11:29 AM

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Congrats!
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Currently keeping:             

Camponotus hyatti (1, single queen, 1 worker.)                     "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." -Theodore Roosevelt

                                                                                              "Either you will control your government, or government will control you." -Ronald Reagan

                                                                                "Leadership is the art is getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." -                                                                                   Dwight  D. Eisenhower

                        

 

Currently founding:

---Solenopsis molesta(2 tubes  with five in one and two in the other.  )

---Monomorium cf. minimum(1 queen) Pheidole navigans(9 separate queens) Hypoponera sp. (1 queen)  Nylanderia vividula(1)

Hoping to get soon:Camponotus fragilis,Lasius pallitarsis and brevicornis,Formica argentea,Stigmatomma pallipes/oregonense and Pogonomyrmex californicus.






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