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!
Edited by Manitobant, April 19 2022 - 1:54 PM.