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Manitobant’s Low-Effort Lasius Latipes (updated august 9th, biological workers)


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#1 Offline Manitobant - Posted February 18 2022 - 1:36 PM

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On august 30th, 2021 i caught 12 lasius latipes queens at bird’s hill provincial park, which is around 30 minutes away from winnipeg. Within a week, 11 of them were dead despite being given host workers. The lone surviving queen was placed into a mini hearth on September 15th with around 30 lasius neoniger and lasius latipes host workers, and was placed into hibernation on October 9th. She was taken out of hibernation on January 20th, 2022 and laid her first batch of eggs a few days ago. Despite being of the thin-legged “alpha” form, this queen is one of my favourites and I really hope she successfully founds a colony!

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#2 Offline NicholasP - Posted February 18 2022 - 1:48 PM

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This is an incredible ant species to keep! Good luck with your latipes!



#3 Offline Manitobant - Posted April 19 2022 - 1:51 PM

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The colony now has some large larvae and a HUGE egg pile. The pupae are not hers but were robbed from some founding neoniger queens i have in order to increase the amount of hosts.

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#4 Offline ZTYguy - Posted April 19 2022 - 3:04 PM

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Very cool. I love parasitic Lasius journals.


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#5 Offline Manitobant - Posted August 2 2022 - 6:06 PM

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The colony finally has some biological pupae after almost 4 months of being in the larval stage, and i expect the nanitics to eclose some time in the next few weeks. The queen was also given more neoniger hosts and laid a MASSIVE egg pile as a result.


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#6 Offline Manitobant - Posted August 9 2022 - 5:22 PM

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Today was the big day for this colony, as their first biological worker successfully eclosed. This is the first acanthomyops queen i have successfully raised to workers, and keeping them has been an amazing experience. I originally didn’t have much hope for this queen after 11 of her sisters died within a week of capture, but she has persevered and it should be smooth sailing from now on.

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