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#1 Offline AntkeeperfromEstonia - Posted September 11 2023 - 4:57 AM

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I caught this queen near the end of July in Estonia. I have no idea what species she is.

I suspect her to be Formicoxenus Nitidulus, but can't be sure, she could be some Temnothorax or Leptothorax species as well, but I guess time will tell.

She is rather tiny, she is around 5mm long and pretty thin, she is somewhat shiny and doesn't have any propodeal spines. I posted a picture of her compared to my Formica sp queens.

So far I have treated her as a semi-claustral queen. I feed her roughly once week with fruit flies and occasionally a moth, and with sugar water or fruits.

I kept her in a test tube, but recently, due to her having couple larvae, I gave her an outworld, where I also put a wooden nest I made (I did it cause I found her in coniferous forest) and she moved into it almost overnight.

I'm sorry the pictures aren't the best quality, I'll try to get macro lenses soon for my phone.

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#2 Offline Manitobant - Posted September 11 2023 - 5:47 AM

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that's a leptothorax queen. I personally wouldn’t keep a lone queen in a formicarium, especially one that small.

#3 Offline AntkeeperfromEstonia - Posted September 11 2023 - 9:26 AM

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I definitely didn't mean for her to move inside, but she has a free choice of either being in there or in a test tube.

#4 Offline 100lols - Posted September 30 2023 - 10:41 PM

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She might be choosing to stay in the small formicarium due to the mold in the test tube. Although, I can’t tell if that’s her current test tube as the timeline of the photos is a bit unclear to me.
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#5 Offline AntkeeperfromEstonia - Posted October 2 2023 - 10:00 AM

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She might be choosing to stay in the small formicarium due to the mold in the test tube. Although, I can’t tell if that’s her current test tube as the timeline of the photos is a bit unclear to me.


Yeah the test tube was a bit moldy, but I have replaced it since then and she is still opting to stay in the nest.

#6 Offline 100lols - Posted October 2 2023 - 12:15 PM

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I’m sure she knows best! Hopefully she’ll have some brood soon :)

#7 Offline AntkeeperfromEstonia - Posted October 3 2023 - 7:39 AM

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I’m sure she knows best! Hopefully she’ll have some brood soon :)


She has 3 larvae at the moment, but they haven't really grown. I guess she is preparing for hibernation.
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