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Lasius aphidicola Journal

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#21 Online Antennal_Scrobe - Posted July 15 2019 - 8:48 AM

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Is Lasius aphidicola the same thing as Lasius aphidicolus?


Currently keeping:

 

 Tetramorium immigrans

 

 Temnothorax curvispinosus

 

 Camponotus nearcticus

 

 Lasius aphidicola


#22 Online Antennal_Scrobe - Posted July 15 2019 - 8:50 AM

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Has anyone kept this species long term?


Currently keeping:

 

 Tetramorium immigrans

 

 Temnothorax curvispinosus

 

 Camponotus nearcticus

 

 Lasius aphidicola


#23 Online Antennal_Scrobe - Posted July 15 2019 - 8:55 AM

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Oh, this explains everything (aka one thing)! They prefer a dry nest, that's why they hang out away from the water.


Currently keeping:

 

 Tetramorium immigrans

 

 Temnothorax curvispinosus

 

 Camponotus nearcticus

 

 Lasius aphidicola


#24 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 15 2019 - 9:21 AM

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These are a parasitic species, and the queens will kill the queen of a Lasius americanus colony (or similar), and create her colony from the ashes of another colony.

#25 Online Antennal_Scrobe - Posted July 15 2019 - 9:23 AM

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I did know that much, but what are the general habits of a mature aphidicola colony? Is it an interesting species to keep long term?


Currently keeping:

 

 Tetramorium immigrans

 

 Temnothorax curvispinosus

 

 Camponotus nearcticus

 

 Lasius aphidicola


#26 Online Antennal_Scrobe - Posted July 15 2019 - 9:55 AM

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Oh, wow! This antkeeper http://www.antnest.co.uk/myrmants.html has had a Lasius umbratus colony for 10 years and counting, and they are amazing! Even better than Lasius americanus.


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Currently keeping:

 

 Tetramorium immigrans

 

 Temnothorax curvispinosus

 

 Camponotus nearcticus

 

 Lasius aphidicola


#27 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 15 2019 - 11:22 AM

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They are very interesting ants. More aggressive than other Lasius.
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#28 Online Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Yesterday, 10:01 AM

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The workers have moved about a third of the pupae to the other side of the nest, next to the water source. Strange, but good to know they see the whole nest as a nest, and not as a garbage dump.


Currently keeping:

 

 Tetramorium immigrans

 

 Temnothorax curvispinosus

 

 Camponotus nearcticus

 

 Lasius aphidicola


#29 Online Kaelwizard - Posted Yesterday, 1:11 PM

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The parasitic workers should be very bright yellow once they come.

#30 Online Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Yesterday, 1:24 PM

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They accepted honey, and I cut up a mealworm for them. I think feeding dishes in general tend to discourage ants, even if they can climb perfectly well. Almost all of the pupae are in the new pile now.


Currently keeping:

 

 Tetramorium immigrans

 

 Temnothorax curvispinosus

 

 Camponotus nearcticus

 

 Lasius aphidicola


#31 Online Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Yesterday, 1:39 PM

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What species are those pupae likely to be? I think Lasius takes about a month and a half to go from egg to ant, but I don't know when Lasius aphidicola has its flights.


Currently keeping:

 

 Tetramorium immigrans

 

 Temnothorax curvispinosus

 

 Camponotus nearcticus

 

 Lasius aphidicola


#32 Online Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Yesterday, 1:55 PM

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They are eating now, but they aren't as voracious as my Tetramorium. I swear ants will not eat out of an easily cleaned plastic dish. They only like food when it leaves a nasty brown stain on the outworld floor.


Currently keeping:

 

 Tetramorium immigrans

 

 Temnothorax curvispinosus

 

 Camponotus nearcticus

 

 Lasius aphidicola


#33 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted Yesterday, 3:23 PM

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The parasitic workers should be very bright yellow once they come.


You are thinking of Lasius interjectus.

#34 Online Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Today, 6:50 AM

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The parasitic workers should be very bright yellow once they come.


You are thinking of Lasius interjectus.

 

I guess Lasius aphidicola is more orange than yellow, but it still is quite striking.


Currently keeping:

 

 Tetramorium immigrans

 

 Temnothorax curvispinosus

 

 Camponotus nearcticus

 

 Lasius aphidicola


#35 Online Antennal_Scrobe - Posted Today, 6:51 AM

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In case anyone was wondering, this species is essentially the same thing as Lasius umbratus, which is now known to occur only in Europe.


Currently keeping:

 

 Tetramorium immigrans

 

 Temnothorax curvispinosus

 

 Camponotus nearcticus

 

 Lasius aphidicola






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