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West Olive Michigan - May 26 2019

michigan queen

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#1 Offline cfreidsma - Posted May 26 2019 - 3:19 PM


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1. Location of collection: West Olive Michigan.
2. Date of collection: May 25 2019 Evening about 5pm
3. Habitat of collection: Forest composed of Oak and Pine trees mostly. Found these two queens under a rotting piece of wood. The two queens were together.
4. Length (to the nearest millimeter or 1/16th of an inch.) 6-7mm
5. Coloration, hue, pattern and texture: Images attached. I am color blind so I am not much help here.
6. Distinguishing characteristics: Head seems larger than other queens.
7. Anything else distinctive: Nothing that I can think of.
8. Nest description: Two queens found together under a piece of wood that was beginning to rot. No eggs or nest yet.
9. Nuptial flight time and date: NA

From head size I am thinking they are some sort of Lasius parasite. They were under a log though and together. Figured I would post to make sure. If they are a parasite, would Lasius flavus work?fksmDxY.jpgSLeYkT7.jpg



#2 Offline AntsBC - Posted May 26 2019 - 3:45 PM


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Lasius claviger.


She is indeed a social parasite; a tutorial on raising parasitic Lasius can be found here


Also, answering your question, Lasius flavus should work fine as a host.



Edited by AntsBC, May 26 2019 - 4:40 PM.

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#3 Offline cfreidsma - Posted May 26 2019 - 3:47 PM


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Alright, thanks. I'll have to gather up some workers tomorrow for them. 

Edited by cfreidsma, May 26 2019 - 7:39 PM.

#4 Offline Acutus - Posted May 26 2019 - 3:51 PM


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Good looking Queens! Good luck with them! :)



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