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by Batspiderfish
Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Id needed for claustral formica queen!!! Chicago, Illinois
Replies: 5
Views: 17

Re: Id needed for claustral formica queen!!! Chicago, Illinois

At least they are embedded!

She looks like she's from the pallidefulva group. It will be easier to identify the workers.
by Batspiderfish
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:36 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: All my queens
Replies: 2
Views: 44

Re: All my queens

Videos aren't very useful for identification. With the Formica, it will be best to wait until workers. The details to look for are the number of gastral segments with silvery pubescence on them and the length of the antennal scapes in relation to the head (this is much harder to do with queens). She...
by Batspiderfish
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:27 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Formica sanguinea queen!
Replies: 6
Views: 32

Re: Formica sanguinea queen!

Sugary liquid is fine.
by Batspiderfish
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Queen Makes An Alate As Nanatic!!
Replies: 3
Views: 29

Re: Queen Makes An Alate As Nanatic!!

Unfertilized (not the same as infertile) eggs produce male alates.
by Batspiderfish
Tue Aug 21, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Formica sanguinea queen!
Replies: 6
Views: 32

Re: Formica sanguinea queen!

I think the responsible thing to do would be to let her go. She should be alright on her own as long as she gets a snack before she leaves. Her goal is to chase away a young Formica colony and steal some of their brood (they are equipped with enlarged Dufour's gland which releases panic-inducing odo...
by Batspiderfish
Tue Aug 21, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: What to do next
Replies: 1
Views: 11

Re: What to do next

In captivity, having more queens does not mean a bigger colony. Be patient and keep them separate.
by Batspiderfish
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:54 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Queen Identification 2018/7/29
Replies: 2
Views: 29

Re: Queen Identification 2018/7/29

We need pictures too; upload them to a hosting site like Flickr. Also, try not to create multiple threads of the same ID.
by Batspiderfish
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: polygynous ants?
Replies: 4
Views: 31

Re: polygynous ants?

Polygyny is not as consistent as some people think. There are some species which are regularly polygynous, but many others will only be polygynous if they have the genes for it. Polygyny is advantageous when there are lots of members of the same species nearby (getting a few more workers faster help...
by Batspiderfish
Tue Aug 21, 2018 9:47 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Formica sanguinea queen!
Replies: 6
Views: 32

Re: Formica sanguinea queen!

Sadly, if it is from this group, then it probably isn't suitable for captivity. Formica aserva is (to the best of my knowledge) the only such species in North America which can live independently from its host species. All of the rest are dependent on a constant supply of host workers. They are broo...
by Batspiderfish
Mon Aug 20, 2018 2:06 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Ants moved into snail shell. Help!
Replies: 4
Views: 62

Re: Ants moved into snail shell. Help!

They probably just like it because it is darker in there. They wouldn't move in if it weren't humid enough. I'd just leave them be with the test tube.