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Greg's Lasius flavus Journal (Discontinued)

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#1 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted February 9 2015 - 4:08 PM

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It has been a while since I got to make a journal, and I am super excited! :) I received five seemingly infertile Lasius cf. flavus queens from this ID thread. Here were four of them as I received them:

Well, they had a nice pile of eggs, and I know the queen that this journal will revolve around was among these four. I received the fifth one on a later date, which later died, due to bodily deformities that caused her the inability to feed herself. The four in this video are the four I still have to this day. All five of the queens went through a two and a half month long hibernation period. About a week after being taken out, as mentioned above, the deformed one died. Also, I separated the four remaining queens into different test tubes. Now, the remaining four have gorged themselves on food and seem to want to survive. Anyway, today I came across this spectacle! :D

A young mother caring over her new young. Lets hope they are fertile larvae, and will become workers!


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#2 Offline dean_k - Posted February 9 2015 - 5:30 PM

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Anything special about this species?



#3 Offline Miles - Posted February 9 2015 - 5:43 PM

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Anything special about this species?


They are a yellow and completely subterranean species. Usually dependent on root aphids.
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#4 Offline dspdrew - Posted February 9 2015 - 9:39 PM

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Awesome. I think mine might have some larvae developing too.



#5 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted April 7 2015 - 10:22 PM

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Update: 4/7/2015

One of the larvae were eaten, the other pupated today. :D



#6 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted June 21 2015 - 2:39 PM

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Update: 6/21/2015

The pupa in the video above was eaten just before eclosing, but currently, she has two more pupae which have been there for about a week, so maybe she will get workers now. Another queen exploded with mold a few days ago, while the third one has a pupating larva and another large larva.



#7 Offline Roachant - Posted June 21 2015 - 5:40 PM

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Exploded with mold? You mean her or her test tube?

#8 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted June 21 2015 - 10:40 PM

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Exploded with mold? You mean her or her test tube?

Mold literally looked like it was erupting from her gaster.



#9 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted July 14 2015 - 11:24 AM

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Well the last two died a week apart from each other... Maybe I will go up to the mountains for the Lasius flight this year... It would be cool to get some of these and some parasitic citronella species.



#10 Offline LC3 - Posted July 14 2015 - 5:47 PM

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Are all citronella ants parasitic?


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#11 Offline AntsAreUs - Posted July 14 2015 - 6:55 PM

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Are all citronella ants parasitic?

If you mean Lasius claviger then yes.



#12 Offline Gregory2455 - Posted July 14 2015 - 7:54 PM

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Are all citronella ants parasitic?

Yes all yellow Lasius with a lemon smell are parasitic.


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