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How to raise suspected social parasite

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#1 Offline AntTitan - Posted June 10 2023 - 8:43 AM

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Hey so I recently found a queen and after asking on the ID forum we discovered it's possible it's some social parasite like Formica Inegra or Formica Rufa so how do I raise a queen with this type of founding strategy? 

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#2 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 10 2023 - 9:04 AM

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Here you go:
https://www.formicul...a/?fromsearch=1
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#3 Offline AntTitan - Posted June 10 2023 - 3:15 PM

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Thank you so much that helps a lot. My only question is that i found that queen several hours away from me on a camping trip, I live in the suburbs where I still haven't found a Formica colony by my house. Because I live in the northern states the vast majority of ant colonies around here are Tetramorium colonies. Therefore would it be possible to try this with a Tetramorium colony or would it be too different?



#4 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 10 2023 - 3:32 PM

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No, must be Formica.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#5 Offline Manitobant - Posted June 11 2023 - 7:28 AM

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Yeah it must be formica, preferably a species in the fusca group though any formica should work. If you can try to get callows, which are newly eclosed workers that are pale in color.





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