So in October through November, Lasius claviger started flying. I caught 8 queens in total(not nearly as much as my very first batch of queens (Also Lasius claviger) last year. They were put into hibernation minutes after being caught.
December 8th, 2016
I took these queens out of hibernation. All were dead but 2 . These should be called Lasius deathcultis or something
I put one of these queens in a test tube with 5 Lasius alienus workers, 3 Lasius claviger workers, 1 pallitarsis and one neoniger worker. Two of the claviger workers seemed to be troublemakers and were killed on spot by the queen. The reason I say this is because they killed the pallitarsis. The neoniger worker drowned in honey . The rest were fine except that they didn't take care of brood even though the queen was meticulously cared
I couldn't remove any more workers now that they were huddled under the queen(well the ones in captivity were, anyways) and there was snow covering the wild Lasius nests so I just put the other queen in the same formicarium as my captive alienus to give it a small chance.Or more specifically, the outworld because I was too lazy.
December 9th, 2016
The queen in the formicarium built herself a nice little chamber and killed a mealworm
December 11th, 2016
The queen staged a coup and won. The workers are getting along fine with her. More details will be posted l;ater
Edited by Canadian anter, September 13 2017 - 8:20 PM.