One Queen dead. Can I merge with other founding colony?

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LazarusAC
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One Queen dead. Can I merge with other founding colony?

Post: # 32615Post LazarusAC
Thu Oct 26, 2017 6:36 pm

Help!

I have two Lasius founding colonies in separate test tubes and the queen died in one of them.

Both queens were caught the same day and the same general location. They were caught mid August.

If I bridge the two test tubes will the workers with the dead queen join the living queen and her brood? Will they bring along the eggs, larvae and pupa?

Or will trying to join them result in conflict or just plain futile to try it all? I'm unsure why the queen died but it was a queen that retained her wings and has them even now. I have been giving all my founding colonies the same food at the same time. Could I risk bringing a disease to the other colony?

If it matters, the one that the queen died has 16 workers and the one which is still alive has 12 workers.
I think they are neonigers but unsure of that.

Should I wait a while first? If so, how long?

I just hate to think that without their queen I now have to wait and watch that founding colony die.
Dario

(4) Camponotus Novaeboreancis {foundling colony}
(1) Lasius .sp {foundling colony}

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Re: One Queen dead. Can I merge with other founding colony?

Post: # 32632Post AntsSA
Sun Oct 29, 2017 10:02 am

nope they will fight, what you could do is chill the ants in a fridge for 4 minutes then carefully take out the dead queen and her workers, you can release the workers into the wild. now it should only be the brood left. put the test tube with the brood next the live queened colony's in an outworld. the workers should find this brood and bring it inside their nest .
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Re: One Queen dead. Can I merge with other founding colony?

Post: # 32637Post antsRlife
Sun Oct 29, 2017 4:58 pm

That's probably your best shot
founding queens:
x2 componotus consobrinus
x1 iridimrmex bicknelli
x5+ Linepithema humile
x1 unknown queen (either phiodole or camponotus)

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