Around September, I was out canoeing and it just so happened that Lasius aphidicola flights were that day. As I departed from the dock, I could see the shapes of tens of male and female alates. I couldn't find my vial for a while, so I missed out on dozens that I could have collected. After I left the lake, I had around 10 queens. One perished on the trip home, and I quickly put them all in tubes, with two pairs. Successfully introduced 1 queen (with only one failed attempt) into a group of workers (75-100) with some larvae. When moving, I broke the tube and the ants nested in the outworld for a while until they died. (They later killed all of the claviger queens I got.) After transferring them to my basement, they escaped out of a crack in the nest, as I find that the plastic on formisquariums are very easy to break, and the cotton I used to plug them up obviously was not working. In December, I discovered a worker free range on the table and found that they were nesting in an old tube. Around a week later, I got around to plugging up their (broken) tube. At this time, I had three living aphidicola queens left. This was the first time I tried vinegar with parasites. I dumped the queen in a shallow pool of vinegar for around 25 seconds. I dried it off and put it straight into the tube, which only had around 15 workers, way too few for a successful parasitic colony (which I will need brood for). Queen was immediately successful, and a worker groomed her right away. I was excited, but I had no more Lasius workers. I decided to just use my small Lasius neoniger colony. This queen was far less successful, and was attacked and had the whole tube in disarray. After two days, she was tolerated by most of the workers (she killed around 4). By the fourth day, she was pretty much accepted into the colony. I have just taken both out of hibernation, which is the stage they are at now. No brood is present besides the small larvae originally collected while sucking workers.
Apologies for the unsteady hand and blurry videos. It is difficult to hold a phone one handed while keeping it stable.
Edited by OiledOlives, May 17 2022 - 5:08 AM.