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Do larvae need to eat?


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#1 Offline Jamiesname - Posted June 19 2019 - 7:02 PM

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I know it sounds like a silly question, but don't larvae from fully claustal queen's only eat after the become adult workers?

If that's the case, can all larvae survive without eating until they turn into adults?

#2 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted June 19 2019 - 7:07 PM

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Larvae eat protein, often regurgitated by the workers.


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#3 Offline PacificNorthWestern - Posted June 19 2019 - 7:07 PM

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No, I can see where your coming from but fully claustral queens use there wing muscles to feed there larvae and semi claustral queens don't have enough muscles( I think?) And have to forage for their own food. All larvae need to eat to grow



#4 Offline Jamiesname - Posted June 20 2019 - 3:16 AM

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I thought that only the queen could survive off of stored energy from her wing muscles and that the first larvae didn't eat until they matured. It makes more sense now, thanks.

#5 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 20 2019 - 6:19 AM

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Queens also use reserves stored in her gaster.

Colonies:
Nylanderia vividula
Pheidole navigans
Camponotus hyatti
Founding queens:   Lasius cf.americanus, Solenopsis molesta, Temnothorax cf. nevadnsis, , Camponotus vicinus, Pogonomyrmex californicus, and a Leptothorax species.


#6 Offline KBant - Posted June 20 2019 - 1:01 PM

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