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#1 Offline Alexant - Posted June 25 2015 - 6:35 AM

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Hello everybody :). I am curious about Lasius niger, particularly the Queen. I have seen that you can start a colony with more than one founding Queen. How many would you say is the limit? Also, which is better, a vertical plaster nest of a horizontal/flat one?

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#2 Offline LC3 - Posted June 25 2015 - 8:43 AM

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I'd suggest one. Because Lasius niger grows extremely fast and it's likely that the workers will kil all the queens but one or the queens will fight each other eventually.


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#3 Offline Barristan - Posted June 25 2015 - 10:46 AM

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Lasius niger is a monogynous species.

But the species can found their colony by pleometrosis. However after the first workers have hatched they will kill all queens except for one (there is also a risk that even the remaining queen will be damaged). I think there is no limit in the number of queens. Someone tried it out with 20 queens as far as I remember with no problems.

It doesn't really matter if you build a vertical or horizontal nest, if you build a vertical one make the chambers deeper and if you build a horizontal one make them wider.


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#4 Offline Bardusquus - Posted June 25 2015 - 1:22 PM

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Wrong sub-forum buddy.



#5 Offline Alexant - Posted June 26 2015 - 1:19 AM

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Thanks everyone






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