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Care Sheet - Formica subsericea

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#21 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted April 21 2019 - 6:35 AM

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Slave raider means they actively seek out other colony's brood and workers. Accepting brood if you give it to them is not the same.


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#22 Offline DJoseph98 - Posted May 27 2019 - 1:08 PM

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Hey are we sure these are monogynous? Antwiki reports they are polygynous. I'm hoping to catch some this summer so I need to figure this out and not have a tube covered in formic acid from queens battling it out.
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Current Colonies

1 x Camponotus nearcticus (Monogynous), 1 x Crematogaster cerasi (Monogynous), 1 x Formica cf. subsericea (Polygynous Two-Queen), 1 x Formica cf. pallidefulva (Monogynous, single worker),

1 x Lasius cf. americanus (Pleometrotic Founding, now Monogynous), 1 x Tetramorium immigrans (Monogynous)

 

Current Founding Units

1 x Formica cf. subsericea (Monogynous)

 

Up-To-Date as of 9/15/2020

 


#23 Offline Kaelwizard - Posted May 28 2019 - 1:31 PM

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I found two nests in a cemetery the workers were all over it the cemetery so I think it could have been a super colony.

#24 Offline Yeehana255 - Posted July 28 2019 - 7:41 AM

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I've caught a few formica this season. I know a few are dolosa but the others..I'm a little torn as to which they are. I have a few queens in their own test tubes and one test tube as 2 queens. Little experiment. So far they both have laid eggs and tend to them together. I transferred them to a bigger test tube and watched them work together to get the eggs in the new tube. Once I seen that the eggs were all in the new tube, one queen remained in the new home while the other came back out and seemed to be making sure all of them were rounded up. About a minute of checking each cotton fiber, she returned to her new home.

So after a couple days of leaving them be, I went to make sure they were doing well and add a deop of honey syrup. I slide the red paper back and I see them feeding each other. Another sign they are co-existing. Their brood is in one pile, not separate, and each queen hovered over them while they fed. So I slid the honey in and let them be. The next day, the honey was gone and the brood pile was still together with the queens hovering over them.

So, they seem at this point to be 2 queens raising a brood together. But I am curious when the first workers come out to see if they eliminate one or if they fight each other. If they both die, well I guess it's a good thing that I have brood to boost another queen
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#25 Offline FormiCanada - Posted August 21 2019 - 7:03 AM

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Attached in the link is a free PDF on the care of Formica subsericea which will relate to most fully-claustral North-Easter Formica species. Hope this helps!  :)

 

https://docs.wixstat...7dbc81eeb8e.pdf


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#26 Offline spartANTS - Posted August 21 2019 - 8:20 AM

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Thank you for sharing , for sure it will help.


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#27 Offline AntsDakota - Posted August 21 2019 - 12:12 PM

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I found two nests in a cemetery the workers were all over it the cemetery so I think it could have been a super colony.

It could also be a satellite nest.


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