Wiki says parasitic Lasius hibernate before seeking out a colony to take over. Is this necessary in captivity or can I attempt to begin a colony as soon as I find the queen?
When to start parasite Lasius?
Offline - Posted September 13 2017 - 4:35 AM
Offline - Posted September 13 2017 - 6:42 AM
I managed to get one parasitic Lasius to lay eggs and it was in May well after hibernation. I didn't keep it in cold temperatures over winter but when I tried before spring they did not lay any eggs at all.
Offline - Posted September 13 2017 - 6:52 AM
I caught several Lasius neoniger and Lasius claviger this week.
Here's my plan...
Everything is going into the fridge this weekend. In late January, I will remove 2 tubes of Lasius neoniger. I'll let them lay and care for the brood until they have pupae. Then I will remove two Lasius claviger from the fridge. I'll remove the Lasius neoniger from their tubes leaving the brood and add the Lasius clavigers.
If all goes well, the pupae will eclose shortly after and adopt the queen...
Removing the neoniger from their tubes will be the tricky. i expect they will resist.
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Offline - Posted September 13 2017 - 8:17 AM
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