Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

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Proverbs66
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Re: Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

Post: # 27956Post Proverbs66
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:37 am

Batspiderfish wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 3:42 pm
The first queen is a Formica social parasite from the sanguinea group. She will need Formica pupae if you are going to keep her.

The other two Formica can't be identified to the species with the given photographs.
Have you ever successfully raised a social parasite? And if so how did you do it because I heard it was super difficult :?

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Re: Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

Post: # 27970Post Batspiderfish
Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:17 am

Proverbs66 wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:37 am
Have you ever successfully raised a social parasite? And if so how did you do it because I heard it was super difficult :?
Social parasites are different depending on the genus and species, and I've had multiple successes with both Lasius and Formica social parasites. Formica are easy, because they can open cocoons, although the raiding species are often dependent on their host workers over the long term.

I've started colonies of Formica aserva, Formica rubicunda, Lasius umbratus, Lasius subumbratus, and (waiting on the first workers) Lasius latipes.
Nj6000 wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:00 pm
Are there any social parasites in Texas ???
There are quite a few social parasites in Texas, from multiple genera.
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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Re: Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

Post: # 27971Post Nj6000
Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:22 am

Batspiderfish wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:17 am
Proverbs66 wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 6:37 am
Have you ever successfully raised a social parasite? And if so how did you do it because I heard it was super difficult :?
Social parasites are different depending on the genus and species, and I've had multiple successes with both Lasius and Formica social parasites. Formica are easy, because they can open cocoons, although the raiding species are often dependent on their host workers over the long term.

I've started colonies of Formica aserva, Formica rubicunda, Lasius umbratus, Lasius subumbratus, and (waiting on the first workers) Lasius latipes.
Nj6000 wrote:
Thu Aug 03, 2017 7:00 pm
Are there any social parasites in Texas ???
There are quite a few social parasites in Texas, from multiple genera.
Can you name a few and what time of year they fly ?

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Re: Hey I could use some help identifying a few queens.

Post: # 28010Post abunyil
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:30 pm

Is it okay to have them in the containers they are in? I don't have any test tubes.


It's okay to put them in containers as long as you have cotton inside and you always keep it moist and wet,NEVER LEAVE IT DRY![use a pipette to make the cotton moist]
Also try to keep them in the dark;)

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