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AntsRomania1999
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Formica queen

Post: # 28056Post AntsRomania1999
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:31 am

Hello guys !
I have a formica queen, I captured a month ago.
He laid eggs and everything went well but now he has only three workers and two cocoons but he does not have an egg. :(
Do you have any idea why and what should be done ?
My colonies :
lasius niger x3
formica cunicularia
tetramorium sp x2
myrmica sp (founding)

My dream species -- Polyergus rufescens

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Formica queen

Post: # 28072Post Batspiderfish
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:39 pm

Formica queens often stop laying eggs as autumn approaches, because members of this genus do not keep any brood over the winter. Five workers isn't bad for your queen's first year -- she may lay more, but she will be fine with those workers.
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xTNxANTMANx
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Re: Formica queen

Post: # 28280Post xTNxANTMANx
Mon Aug 07, 2017 12:04 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 2:39 pm
Formica queens often stop laying eggs as autumn approaches, because members of this genus do not keep any brood over the winter. Five workers isn't bad for your queen's first year -- she may lay more, but she will be fine with those workers.
This is very nice to know as I have a few Formica subsericea and Formica pallidefulva queens. Mine are still laying I think. Only one of my Formica pallidefulva queens has workers though at the moment...5 nanitics to be exact.
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2 (founding)
Pheidole sp. x4
Tetramorium caspitum x2

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notmyidea
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Re: Formica queen

Post: # 28508Post notmyidea
Wed Aug 09, 2017 3:02 am

I keep Formica podzolica and have successfully started colonies when the Queen hasn't laid any eggs till the following Spring.

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