So a few weeks back i caught 5 Lasius aphidicola queens thinking they were neoniger. I had told my anting buddy about my predicament before i had decided to let them go, as i did not have the means to start a parasite colony (my lasius queen only has eggs right now). Well my buddy decided to take initiative and handed me tube of brood and workers today for my parasite queens when he came over... i guess i can brood boost my queen, but i noticed another problem, the pupating cocoons are twice the size of the workers he scooped up along with there are some smaller cocoons, and some larvae as well, but I'm pretty sure these huge ones are alates. so i have several questions, are male alate cocoons the same size as female alate cocoons? should i only use the small cocoons and larvae to brood boost? should i keep the big cocoons and release them during their nuptial flights? is there anyway to get these new workers to accept the queen? I've never even brood boosted before, and now i really don't know what to do, so any help is appreciated!
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