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Ant Observer - Formica Fusca

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#1 Offline AntObserver - Posted July 18 2023 - 2:04 PM

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JUNE 25

I found this queen wandering and was able to collect her. Seems to be a Formica Fusca queen. Will keep her updated with my observations. 

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Really pretty for an all black queen. 

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Macro of hewr head


Edited by AntObserver, July 21 2023 - 12:24 PM.

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#2 Offline AntObserver - Posted July 18 2023 - 2:08 PM

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JULY 12TH

I made a test tube with some soil/sand mix and she seemed to like it. Laying a batch of 20 or so eggs after a week or so. 

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#3 Offline AntObserver - Posted July 18 2023 - 2:11 PM

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JUly 17th 

The brood is developing and there are a few large larve, few medium, few small. And a few fresh eggs. Seems to be doing well. 

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Not a great macro, screengrab from a macro video i got of her. 

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The brood pile.


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#4 Offline AntObserver - Posted July 21 2023 - 8:21 AM

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Around 6 pupae now, 3 larger Larvae, and 3 smaller. 

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#5 Offline AntObserver - Posted July 25 2023 - 11:44 PM

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9 pupae, small pile of small larvae and some freshly laid eggs. 

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#6 Offline Kristijan - Posted September 27 2023 - 8:16 AM

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Cool journal! Any updates? Also that looks more like Formica lemani, at least to me 



#7 Offline bmb1bee - Posted September 27 2023 - 8:55 AM

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Banned user. Also, we don't have F. lemani here in the US.


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