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Does MantisGal have a Lasius? Gosh, really? What kind, though? STAY TUNED!


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#1 Offline mantisgal - Posted August 7 2021 - 9:56 AM

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In late July I was doing inflatable pool stuff when I noticed a large number of long/skinny gastered alates of a reddish orange colour busy dying, which led me to wonder what a Queen looked like: I had not long to wonder (I think?). I saw a large, shiny blackish ant with a bit of a russet patch on her underside and reddish legs just kinda moseying along, so I tubed her.

After checking for life after 72 hours, I forgot about her for a week As Is Only Proper and Good. I checked in and found her guarding a wee pearly treasure! People Who Should Know have guessed she is a Lasius variant, so maybe she is that thing? We shall see! If anyone has input I am ready to read!
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#2 Online Manitobant - Posted August 7 2021 - 1:50 PM

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Its definitely lasius of some kind.
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#3 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted August 7 2021 - 6:22 PM

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It’s hard to tell the exact species without a microscope
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My favorite queens/colony’s:
Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#4 Offline mantisgal - Posted August 12 2021 - 9:27 AM

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I peeped at My Lady Lasius yesternight to check for life and she is indeed alive and gloating over a large egg pile.

I will try to take pics of the pile soon but I am so nervous about giving her a complex I haven't had her out since the first photo session. 😅

I am hoping her workers will help me narrow down her spp.
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#5 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted August 12 2021 - 6:05 PM

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Don’t worry Lasius really aren’t finicky
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My favorite queens/colony’s:
Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#6 Offline mantisgal - Posted August 13 2021 - 9:26 AM

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#7 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted August 13 2021 - 10:16 AM

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You’ve got some larvae there
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My favorite queens/colony’s:
Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 


#8 Offline mantisgal - Posted August 13 2021 - 10:45 AM

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#9 Offline mantisgal - Posted August 16 2021 - 7:10 PM

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Folks, we have a pupa in silk
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#10 Offline Antkeeper01 - Posted August 16 2021 - 7:49 PM

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Folks, we have a pupa in silk

yeyyy hope she does well!!


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1X Pogonomyrmex occidentalis 40-50 Workers

1X Solenopsis molesta 10 Workers (mono)

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#11 Offline mantisgal - Posted August 18 2021 - 9:18 PM

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Six pupae! And what looked like a seventh larva getting dressed
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#12 Offline mantisgal - Posted August 28 2021 - 5:17 PM

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M A N Y pupae and eggs continue to be present. My Lady is quick to agitation so I believe that happy day of nanitics is hard upon me
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#13 Offline mantisgal - Posted September 1 2021 - 3:29 PM

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BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They are so small and A N G E R Y!!!

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#14 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted September 1 2021 - 3:34 PM

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Cool!
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#15 Offline mantisgal - Posted September 1 2021 - 4:09 PM

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I counted 11! They've been given Baby's First Outworld with a droplet of pure honey and a lump of cat food about the size of My Lady. She is so excited at the idea of Real Food she has forgotten herself so far as to begin leaving the nest chamber to go chow down. Both times she seems to recollect that Queens Do Not Fetch Their Own Food (a lie, yes, but we all have our illusions), and ran back to the shelter of her pupae
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#16 Offline mantisgal - Posted September 12 2021 - 9:11 AM

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So, whatever Lasius variant I have falls under the Black garden ant type, so that narrows it down?

There appear to be a handful more adults and a veritable mountain of brood. They like honey so far and they have eaten a housefly
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#17 Offline cap_backfire - Posted September 14 2021 - 8:27 AM

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This is maybe the most entertaining journal on this forum.   Thanks for posting!  


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#18 Offline AntBoi3030 - Posted September 15 2021 - 5:48 PM

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Pictures?
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#19 Offline mantisgal - Posted September 16 2021 - 8:22 AM

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#20 Offline mantisgal - Posted September 16 2021 - 8:26 AM

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