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TippyDisc911
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Merge?

Post: # 28502Post TippyDisc911
Tue Aug 08, 2017 11:51 pm

Hey I have two Formica fusca queens that I caught, I love both queens and don't want to sell one because I can only care for one colony, should I merge or will they kill each other. Also I'm assuming they spray formic acid because their name, Formica?

Cartil
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Re: Merge?

Post: # 28527Post Cartil
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:56 am

Here is what Mikey's book says:
Queen: In captivity, pleometrotic and possibly polygynous via oligogyny, however safest and best kept singly. Fully claustral.

Proverbs66
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Re: Merge?

Post: # 28582Post Proverbs66
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:51 pm

In other words what cartil is trying to say is that they might fight each other or they might get along Formica are unpredictable in this situation
Let us remember that even though ants are wonderful creatures, even more magnificent is their creator 😌

Proverbs66
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Re: Merge?

Post: # 28583Post Proverbs66
Wed Aug 09, 2017 9:58 pm

If you decide to merge watch them closely especially when they have their workers if they fight have another test tube setup ready for the losing queen so she won't die dump them out
Let us remember that even though ants are wonderful creatures, even more magnificent is their creator 😌

TippyDisc911
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Re: Merge?

Post: # 28716Post TippyDisc911
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:54 am

Thanks guys! Wish me luck
Keeping:
Formica subsericea: 1 worker
Tetramourium Immigrans: (soon to be colony)
solenopsis molesta: (soon to be colony)

"The ant's a centaur in his dragon world"-Ezra Pound

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Serafine
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Re: Merge?

Post: # 28788Post Serafine
Sat Aug 12, 2017 2:52 am

Most Formica can be polygynous. Just make sure that their setup is large enough and their food/sugar water supply is sufficient, so they decide that they can afford to keep both queens.
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Nj6000
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Re: Merge?

Post: # 28989Post Nj6000
Mon Aug 14, 2017 8:08 am

AntsCanada made a video a few years ago and I thing he tried to merge Formica fusca . He had 2 different pairs of Formica fusca in 2 different test tube and both pairs ended up fighting .

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