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Re: Found ants and possible queen in my old flower pots. Help IDENTIFY

Posted: Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:31 am
by Dearth335
Are you sure, it appears to be a lasius queen, but the yellow workers are Lasius flavus workers, along with the male.

Re: Found ants and possible queen in my old flower pots. Help IDENTIFY

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 7:44 pm
by PRW3ants
Dearth335 wrote:
Sun Nov 05, 2017 9:31 am
Are you sure, it appears to be a lasius queen, but the yellow workers are Lasius flavus workers, along with the male.
Oh god. What's that mean. The winged males all died, I couldn't get them put of the enclosure to release. But all the other la including the other potential queens and yellow workers they have made themselves comfortable in the bottom.

Re: Found ants and possible queen in my old flower pots. Help IDENTIFY

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 8:01 pm
by PRW3ants
From pictures and my inexperienced sizing compared to pictures and behavior research. I don't think I have a fertile queen of any species it is. Unless queens grow larger over time and I have a 1st year queen newly nuptial.

Re: Found ants and possible queen in my old flower pots. Help IDENTIFY

Posted: Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:53 pm
by Batspiderfish
The other ants do not look like Lasius flavus.

There are literally zero practical visual indicators that show whether a queen is mated or not. Social parasites do not have large gasters.

Re: Found ants and possible queen in my old flower pots. Help IDENTIFY

Posted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 8:56 am
by PRW3ants
Batspiderfish wrote:
Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:53 pm
The other ants do not look like Lasius flavus.

There are literally zero practical visual indicators that show whether a queen is mated or not. Social parasites do not have large gasters.
Ok so maybe I do have some queens. There's about 4 or 5 wingless, larger ants. I have my fingers crossed because they're so active ants.