Are Solenopsis xyloni polygynous?

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Are Solenopsis xyloni polygynous?

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Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:41 pm

Hi, I live in Texas and currently have 3 solenopsis xyloni or southwestern fire ant queens in their own test tubes. One of the queens has about 10-15 workers and the other two I just recently caught so they only have eggs right now. I was wondering if I could join all three queens together or only the 2 queens with eggs or is it too late to join them together? One of the queen's with eggs is missing two of here legs on one side due to other ants attacking her when I caught her; will this affect here chances of being accepted? I know that some solenopsis species can have multiple queens, but I'm unsure whether this particular species can have more than one queen.

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Founding Colonies:
Pogonomyrmex rugosus
Pogonomyrmex barbatus
Solenopsis xyloni
Myrmecocystus mimicus
Pheidole sp
Dorymyrmex insanus

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