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Would it be stupid...

Post: # 28715Post AntsRule
Fri Aug 11, 2017 11:27 am

Would it be stupid to put 10 Solenopsis Molesta queens in one test tube to start a colony? I know Invicta explode in growth but don't have any experience with any Solenopsis Molesta. Thanks for the help :D
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Re: Would it be stupid...

Post: # 28747Post Nj6000
Fri Aug 11, 2017 3:27 pm

Ya I wouldn't do that . 3 is the most I would put in a test tube . Also not for sure if their polygynous so if you combine them your taking a major risk but if your ok with taking a major risk that's up to you .

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Re: Would it be stupid...

Post: # 28774Post Dyllan264
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:01 pm

Actually I have Solenopsis Molesta and they are very accepting of new queens. What I suggest is, put all ten together and wait. If you see some of the queens away from the main group then take them out. Simple as that and the rest of the queens should be fine together. They don’t ever kill each other based on my experience but the ones that stray from the main group should be taken out of the test tube and perhaps be put in another one
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Re: Would it be stupid...

Post: # 28779Post AntsRule
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:38 pm

Dyllan264 wrote:
Fri Aug 11, 2017 10:01 pm
Actually I have Solenopsis Molesta and they are very accepting of new queens. What I suggest is, put all ten together and wait. If you see some of the queens away from the main group then take them out. Simple as that and the rest of the queens should be fine together. They don’t ever kill each other based on my experience but the ones that stray from the main group should be taken out of the test tube and perhaps be put in another one
Yeah but will they grow out of control?
With all the things ants can do, you wonder, who rules the planet :?

Keeper of:
Solenopsis molesta
Aphaenogaster sp.
Crematogaster sp.
Brachymyrmex depilis
Tertamorium sp. E
Pheidole sp.
Lasius neoniger

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Re: Would it be stupid...

Post: # 28791Post Nj6000
Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:19 am

Wouldn't they be to squished when the nanitics came ???

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Re: Would it be stupid...

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Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:45 am

Nj6000 wrote:
Sat Aug 12, 2017 6:19 am
Wouldn't they be to squished when the nanitics came ???
What do you mean?
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Solenopsis molesta
Aphaenogaster sp.
Crematogaster sp.
Brachymyrmex depilis
Tertamorium sp. E
Pheidole sp.
Lasius neoniger

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Re: Would it be stupid...

Post: # 28802Post Batspiderfish
Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:50 am

Solenopsis molesta are tiny and colonies don't grow to an unmanageable size. They don't have too much in common (so far as ecology) with their RIFA cousins.
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Re: Would it be stupid...

Post: # 28803Post AntsRule
Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:53 am

Batspiderfish wrote:
Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:50 am
Solenopsis molesta are tiny and colonies don't grow to an unmanageable size. They don't have too much in common (so far as ecology) with their RIFA cousins.
So what do you suggest?
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Aphaenogaster sp.
Crematogaster sp.
Brachymyrmex depilis
Tertamorium sp. E
Pheidole sp.
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Re: Would it be stupid...

Post: # 28825Post Batspiderfish
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:40 pm

I always advise to keep your ants as safe as possible and avoid novelties like multi-queen colonies. If the queens are friendly to each other, then there probably won't be bad consequences for combining them.
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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Re: Would it be stupid...

Post: # 28839Post AntsRule
Sat Aug 12, 2017 3:33 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Sat Aug 12, 2017 1:40 pm
I always advise to keep your ants as safe as possible and avoid novelties like multi-queen colonies. If the queens are friendly to each other, then there probably won't be bad consequences for combining them.
Ok thx I decided to make 2 3 queen tubes and the rest single queen tubes :D
With all the things ants can do, you wonder, who rules the planet :?

Keeper of:
Solenopsis molesta
Aphaenogaster sp.
Crematogaster sp.
Brachymyrmex depilis
Tertamorium sp. E
Pheidole sp.
Lasius neoniger

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