Monday, July 18th, 2022
I collected these seven queens over a two day period, July 15-July 16th, in Iowa, on an anting trip. They were walking around a trail, near either a huge colony of the same species of Myrmica, or many small ones. This species dominated the landscape along with Lasius neoniger and americanus. I collected the queens and got them into a test tube, and fed them honey and a mealworm piece, because they are semi claustral(meaning they need food before they can raise their first workers). For some reason, one of the Myrmica queens appears to be either a different species, or a darker color variation. And, also for some reason, the ants were attacking it while i transported it back home. However, now that they are in a test tube, test tube wide peace seems to have been achieved. I will be interested in seeing how the queens cooperate in the future, and I hope i can get them to raise brood. All of my past attempts at raising Myrmica queens from founding have failed, as the queens have not even laid eggs(which is funny considering my profile picture is of my one successful Myrmica sp. colony i dug up[before ANTdrew came along] and it was also one of my most successful colonies before the queens died in hibernation).
I would love to hear any tips you have on Myrmica! Also if you wish to take a stab at species, i would love to hear it as well.
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Edited by Ants_Dakota, July 18 2022 - 10:17 AM.