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by Batspiderfish
Mon May 21, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Can L. Umbratus host... L. Umbratus?
Replies: 1
Views: 12

Re: Can L. Umbratus host... L. Umbratus?

Yes, although the age of the workers can be important. That's why it's best to get callows or workers found within the nest rather than those at the surface. Better yet is to get a small, manageable number of pupae with a few workers, allow the workers to eclose with the help of their sisters, then ...
by Batspiderfish
Mon May 21, 2018 8:11 am
Forum: The AntsCanada Ant Main Forums
Topic: Two Queens Identification.
Replies: 4
Views: 45

Re: Two Queens Identification.

Beauties! Queen one is Formica obscuripes , a social parasite from the rufa group. She will need about 6 Formica pupae to start a colony. Queen two is Formica podzolica , from the fusca group. These can be told apart by their short antennal scapes and silvery gaster (up until the 3rd tergite/segment...
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 10:19 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Badly Stubborn
Replies: 1
Views: 15

Re: Badly Stubborn

You just have to wait. ;)
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 5:35 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Formica workers that grow with colony size?
Replies: 10
Views: 79

Re: Formica workers that grow with colony size?

I would want to be sure they aren't Camponotus , since Formica argentea is monomorphic. Camponotus are not polygynous, yet the colonies that I have found commonly have multiple queens. So I'm almost 100% sure that they are Formica. Are there any other Formica species that are polymorphic and look l...
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 3:45 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Formica sp
Replies: 2
Views: 35

Re: Formica sp

I would say Formica rufa, based on what I can see from the shape of the petiolar crest. When you're struggling to get host brood, I find it's easiest to place a flat rock (e.g. slate) snugly over the nest entrance of a Formica colony that isn't covered with grass. The ants will begin moving brood un...
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen ant identification
Replies: 3
Views: 32

Re: Queen ant identification

Congrats! and welcome! :D
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 3:08 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen ant identification
Replies: 3
Views: 32

Re: Queen ant identification

Forelius pruinosus. Thanks for adding a measurement! They are important for every ID and part of the rules for posting an ID request. In this case, 6mm helps to distinguish this queen from the ~9mm Dorymyrmex.

Also, please only post a request once. Duplicate threads just make a mess.
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Help identifying two queens.
Replies: 5
Views: 40

Re: Help identifying two queens.

Two Camponotus chromaiodes queens.
by Batspiderfish
Sun May 20, 2018 8:13 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Keeping Formica Rufa or Sanguinea
Replies: 1
Views: 14

Re: Keeping Formica Rufa or Sanguinea

Formica rufibarbis is from the fusca group, if this is regarding that queen. But, to answer your question, Formica social parasites need just the pupae of other Formica species, and most of them become independent after that first time.