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by Batspiderfish
Tue May 22, 2018 10:22 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Formica workers that grow with colony size?
Replies: 12
Views: 92

Re: Formica workers that grow with colony size?

Colony age, not worker age*

Arthropods with adult forms like insects stop growing larger after they hit their adult stage (ants at least have stretchy gasters.)
by Batspiderfish
Tue May 22, 2018 7:13 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen Identification
Replies: 6
Views: 44

Re: Queen Identification

That's a common layman's reaction to black and red Formica, but the fusca group is not just made up of black ants. The proportions (large gaster, modestly sized head) point to her being a claustral species.
by Batspiderfish
Mon May 21, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: My First Ant! What is it though?!
Replies: 1
Views: 19

Re: My First Ant! What is it though?!

Looks to be a Camponotus semitestaceus queen, possibly a bright Camponotus vicinus.
by Batspiderfish
Mon May 21, 2018 9:09 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: First queen
Replies: 2
Views: 20

Re: First queen

Lasius umbratus dealate from last fall. They often hibernate and look for host colonies in the spring.

http://www.formiculture.com/topic/3252-much-ado-about-the-founding-of-lasius-temporary-social-parasites/
by Batspiderfish
Mon May 21, 2018 9:01 pm
Forum: The AntsCanada Ant Main Forums
Topic: Two Queens Identification.
Replies: 8
Views: 68

Re: Two Queens Identification.

Some people have founded Formica parasite colonies with workers, I've seen it done, but I find that unlike Lasius parasites, Formica will try to kill or drive off anything that isn't brood. Cocoons are far more ideal than the risks involved with worker introduction.
by Batspiderfish
Mon May 21, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: ID reno, nv
Replies: 2
Views: 17

Re: ID reno, nv

Camponotus sp.major, possibly C. sansabeanus.
by Batspiderfish
Mon May 21, 2018 12:03 pm
Forum: Ant Keeping for Beginners
Topic: Can L. Umbratus host... L. Umbratus?
Replies: 1
Views: 13

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: 8
Views: 68

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: 17

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: 12
Views: 92

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...