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by kykel09
Wed Aug 15, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: An observation I've made with Parasitic Lasius Queens and supporting research, Severn MD
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: An observation I've made with Parasitic Lasius Queens and supporting research, Severn MD

Hey I’ve also read that study, it was an interesting read. I have been keeping Claviger Queens for about 2 years and have always fed them. They love sitting on sugar water soaked cotton balls inside the test tube. I feed all the queens I catch sugar water whether they are semi-claustral or not. The...
by kykel09
Mon Aug 13, 2018 2:17 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Camponotus noveborecensis issues - MD, US
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Re: Camponotus noveborecensis issues - MD, US

"For queen 1, you could try wetting some cotton and placing it by her in the outworld and see if she moves towards it, away from it, or maybe even rests on it. ... " For queen two, she's caring for the pupae still because they're likely still alive. The black you're seeing is the ant inside the coc...
by kykel09
Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:08 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: Camponotus noveborecensis issues - MD, US
Replies: 4
Views: 50

Camponotus noveborecensis issues - MD, US

Hi all, So, I'm having a slight issue with my young Camponotus Noveborecensis queens. I currently have 2 and both are having various problems. The first has 3 workers and a small amount of brood (3-5) larvae. She refuses to live in her test tube and instead is living in her small homade connected ou...
by kykel09
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:24 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: An observation I've made with Parasitic Lasius Queens and supporting research, Severn MD
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: An observation I've made with Parasitic Lasius Queens and supporting research, Severn MD

Thank you Batspiderfish. Do you have any resources for this (non-wiki, scholary papers, etc.)? I'm trying to find anything can be helpful in putting together my identification guide. So far, I've built a list of North American genera and the next step is to narrow down to as many North American spe...
by kykel09
Sat Jul 28, 2018 8:01 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: An observation I've made with Parasitic Lasius Queens and supporting research, Severn MD
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: An observation I've made with Parasitic Lasius Queens and supporting research, Severn MD

Lasius aphidicolus and Lasius umbratus are virtually identical and only differentiated through genetic testing. However, this test went to show that Lasius umbratus does not actually exist in North America. We named the new species Lasius aphidicolus , which means "fuzzy ant that farms aphids". Reg...
by kykel09
Sat Jul 28, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: An observation I've made with Parasitic Lasius Queens and supporting research, Severn MD
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: An observation I've made with Parasitic Lasius Queens and supporting research, Severn MD

good info.. and thanks. honestly i have a hard time discerning the species. im going to try to collect some workers and brood from around where i found her and see if that helps. she was id as Lasius aphidicolus I know the feeling. I find there is always 2 or 3 species that are so close that it's h...
by kykel09
Sat Jul 28, 2018 11:21 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: An observation I've made with Parasitic Lasius Queens and supporting research, Severn MD
Replies: 13
Views: 231

Re: An observation I've made with Parasitic Lasius Queens and supporting research, Severn MD

Did you feed just honey..or also protein? Primarily honey. I have placed a fruit fly and recently killed termite in there before but I've never seen any evidence that she attempted to feed on them. She definitely actively pursues the honey though. Also, the guide goes a lot into which parasite quee...
by kykel09
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:24 am
Forum: Ant Care and Ant Keeping
Topic: An observation I've made with Parasitic Lasius Queens and supporting research, Severn MD
Replies: 13
Views: 231

An observation I've made with Parasitic Lasius Queens and supporting research, Severn MD

Hi all, So, I've had a suspicion of something since last year and that is that parasitic queens are semi-claustral. Now, I tried research this and turns out nobody really seems to know this. My theory comes from this. Since summer of last year, I've caught 9 parasitic queens. Them being a variety of...
by kykel09
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:58 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Formicarium suggestions for tiny species?
Replies: 0
Views: 75

Formicarium suggestions for tiny species?

Hey AC family. I love tiny species. Well, really, just unique and difficult species but that's another post. Anyway, I currently have a 3 queen Phiedole Bicarinata colony in founding stage and a 7+ queen Solenopsis molesta colony with possibly hundreds of workers I caught from a dead tree. Aside fro...
by kykel09
Thu Jul 19, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Formicariums and Ant Setups
Topic: Great new outworld!
Replies: 3
Views: 189

Re: Great new outworld!

Nice! Really cool idea. You should add some decorations. Grout is a really good base and you can layer over it with some sand and put some aquarium plants in it.