Treatment of unidentified species?

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Treatment of unidentified species?

Post: # 36740Post mallonje
Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:50 am

I'm curious,

Let's say you capture a lovely little lady, you're 99.9% sure she's a queen, but you're having trouble identifying her. Maybe you narrow it down to 2 or 3 possibilities so you post to the forum and get... 3 or 4 more possibilities.

Is there a de facto treatment? Claustral vs. Semi-Claustral? etc.
1 P. Imparis queen caught 4/26/18
2 L. Umbratus caught 5/8/18
1 C. Pennsylvanicus queen caught 5/7/18 1st Eggs 5/17/18
1 C. Pennsylvanicus queen caught 5/17/18

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Re: Treatment of unidentified species?

Post: # 36764Post Batspiderfish
Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:11 pm

A correct identity is important, because it's not always clear whether a queen can raise her first workers in isolation just by looking at them. Typically a "fully" claustral species will have queens with large gasters.
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: Treatment of unidentified species?

Post: # 36860Post antnest8
Mon Jun 04, 2018 4:26 pm

if the queen has a small gaster i would feed her immediately.
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