Lasius Queen Questions???

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Muttonchops82
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Lasius Queen Questions???

Post: # 31186Post Muttonchops82
Sun Sep 10, 2017 6:43 pm

I'm looking for a little help raising my Lasius queens.

I found 1 queen on 8/19 and 2 more on 9/05. They have not laid any eggs yet.

I think they are all Lasius and I found them all in more or less in the same place. My ants were caught in the New York Tri-State area. I have them in test tubes in my closet. I do have some questions though.

Will these ants be okay living in my closet through the winter having found them so late in the season?

Should I move them so they can hibernate in the next month of two?

Can I expect that they will lay eggs soon and then hibernate?

Can I just leave them in my closet so they stay at room temperature until they do their own thing naturally?


Pics I took today.
https://imgur.com/gallery/sTgQZ

Thank you for your help.

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Batspiderfish
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Location: Maine

Re: Lasius Queen Questions???

Post: # 31203Post Batspiderfish
Mon Sep 11, 2017 12:52 am

Most fall-flying Lasius need to overwinter before they will lay eggs.
Links:
Rules & Requirements for Identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=292

How to take pictures for identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2167

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