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Lasius Neoniger Brood Boosting Issues

lasius neoniger brood boosting issues worker queen pupae pupa larvae larva egg aphidicola parasite

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#1 Online TBsupra33 - Posted June 9 2021 - 3:52 PM

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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  :facepalm: 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!


1x Messor Barbarus Redhead Var. queen w/ nanitics (see journal please)

1x Lasius Neoniger queen w/ eggs

1x Camponotus Novaeborcensis queen w/ eggs

2x Pheidole Bicarinata queens

 

and several other Invertebrates! (tarantulas, shrimp, crayfish, isopods, springtails)


#2 Online MinigunL5 - Posted June 9 2021 - 4:00 PM

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Could you pls provide pictures of the brood?


Edited by MinigunL5, June 9 2021 - 4:01 PM.

ANTS I KEEP:

Formica subsericea queen with 2 workersLasius aphidicola queens-Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen| Camponotus novaeboracensis queen with ~35 workers10 Solenopsis molesta queens (together) with 5-10 workers| Lasius cf. neoniger queens| Apheonogaster fulva queenBrachymyrmex depilis queen| Myrmica cf. punctiventris queenStenamma brevicorne queen


#3 Online TBsupra33 - Posted June 9 2021 - 4:11 PM

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blue arrows point out the workers so you can see their size, red arrow point to a smaller cocoon that hopefully is a worker unless male alate cocoons are smaller. sorry the tube is dirty, he got alot of stuff in there 

 

edit - hold on I'm not sure why it didn't post the picture


Edited by TBsupra33, June 9 2021 - 4:12 PM.

1x Messor Barbarus Redhead Var. queen w/ nanitics (see journal please)

1x Lasius Neoniger queen w/ eggs

1x Camponotus Novaeborcensis queen w/ eggs

2x Pheidole Bicarinata queens

 

and several other Invertebrates! (tarantulas, shrimp, crayfish, isopods, springtails)


#4 Online TBsupra33 - Posted June 9 2021 - 4:12 PM

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here we go, I'm an idiot lol

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1x Messor Barbarus Redhead Var. queen w/ nanitics (see journal please)

1x Lasius Neoniger queen w/ eggs

1x Camponotus Novaeborcensis queen w/ eggs

2x Pheidole Bicarinata queens

 

and several other Invertebrates! (tarantulas, shrimp, crayfish, isopods, springtails)






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