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Hikari's ant journal

camponotus formica lasius tetramorium camponotus pennsylvanicus

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#101 Offline Hikari - Posted September 15 2017 - 6:21 PM

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Today I witnessed a Lasius claviger nuptial flight while looking for Crematogaster queens. I ended up with 8 dealates and two dozen or so workers I'll split between a few of the queens. I'm going to attempt a few different founding methods. The others may have to wait til after hibernation. This species is fun in that they smell like citronella! Seriously, my index card (that I used to herd workers and queens into snap caps) reeked of it when I got home. Not a bad thing though, I actually find the smell rather pleasant. I just hope my L.neoniger end up founding okay, cause I'll need a few of them for my parasitic species if I'm going to pull any of this off.

Oh, and here's the video from the nuptial flight. It was so cool.



#102 Offline Connectimyrmex - Posted September 16 2017 - 5:49 AM

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Nice! I would recommend putting all of the queens in a jar. Then, pick out the healthiest individual (the one that runs the fastest). Release the rest and give all of the workers to the healthy queen.


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#103 Offline Hikari - Posted September 18 2017 - 9:49 PM

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Nice! I would recommend putting all of the queens in a jar. Then, pick out the healthiest individual (the one that runs the fastest). Release the rest and give all of the workers to the healthy queen.

I've learned never to count on just one queen. I split the workers between four of them, and the rest will just have to wait til the other Lasius get their colonies going. They're probably going to all end up overwintering before laying regardless.

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9-19-17 - Two days of work, and my ants now have some upgraded set-ups! The test tubes now have new mini-outworlds to allow access to honey tubes for sugar on demand, the Formica have a newly refurbished outworld, and the C.pennsylvanicus have a new natural set-up! Everyone will get protein later, but for now I'm letting everyone settle in and find their sugars first.







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