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Alexander
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Need help whith lasius colony

Post: # 32630Post Alexander
Sun Oct 29, 2017 7:17 am

I caught a lasius niger queen this year on the 22 of June.
Since then the colony has grown a lot , they now have over 60 workers, too many larvae for me to count and a good amount of puppae.
Everything seems ok, although some of the new formed puppae did not produce a cacon like they should had.
Is there something to wory about?
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Batspiderfish
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Re: Need help whith lasius colony

Post: # 32631Post Batspiderfish
Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:38 am

Nothing to worry about!
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

Alexander
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Re: Need help whith lasius colony

Post: # 32634Post Alexander
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:41 pm

Thanks!!
Ps: why does it happen?
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Re: Need help whith lasius colony

Post: # 32635Post Batspiderfish
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:53 pm

Cocoons are optional. Cocoons evolved to help protect the pupa from pathogens and hyper-sensitive adults that are ready to kill brood at the earliest signs of infection, but numerous subfamilies neither have nor need them.

If a larva doesn't get an opportunity to be buried and/or anchor its silk to start the weaving process, they will forgo that step and pupate naked.
If you enjoy my expertise and identifications, please do not put wild populations at risk of disease by releasing pet colonies. We are responsible to give our pets the best care we can manage for the rest of their lives.

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