In my area, both of these ants are fairly common, and you can often see the Ponera close by the Lasius. Why? I am hoping this experiment will show. In a test tube I will have a small Lasius color, connected to an outsold. The substrate will be mostly sand. Inside the foraging area I have constructed a small dirt nest, where I can see all the actions of the Ponera colony, while keeping the Lasius out. I will post pictures later.
I would like to see everyone's hypothesis on this experiment. I want to see there interactions at food stations, while foraging, and possibly the Ponera inside the Lasius's test tube. Both have a strong feeding reply to fruit flies, so I should see some competition. The Ponera also like ByFormica food and mealworms. What do you think will happen? (I am going to try to get an extension tube for my Nikon d7000 for pics... If not I will have to find something else)
Edit: corrected spelling mistakes to make my post somewhat understandable
Edited by Ants4fun, May 11 2015 - 8:25 PM.