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jameswood1
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Questions About Colony Sizes

Post: # 38362Post jameswood1
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:12 am

Hello guys,

I was wondering if people could give me information of ant species from Europe and Asia (preferably mainland) that live in relatively small colonies (500-1000) workers?

Any help welcome, thanks.

DictaruraSrl
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Re: Questions About Colony Sizes

Post: # 39665Post DictaruraSrl
Tue Jul 03, 2018 10:44 am

In Europe i know the Formica Fusca species that gas colonies of around 500-600 workers from what i know.

Hunter36o
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Re: Questions About Colony Sizes

Post: # 40028Post Hunter36o
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:30 am

As far as I am aware. Colonies that have gamergates and not actual queen generally do not have big colonies so there is less competition from newly hatched workers and less ground to cover when trying to remove gemi from the new workers. Sorry for my spelling. But I am not sure how many ants do this. I just know there are some in the Asian region. Not so sure about Europe.

May I ask why you are asking about Asia and Europe? Hope you do not plan to import any from one to the other??
Officially caring for 4 Lasius colonies :D :D :D

Founding stage:
11x Lasius Niger
1x Myrmica Rubra
1x Myrmica ??

TheRealAntMan
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Re: Questions About Colony Sizes

Post: # 40878Post TheRealAntMan
Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:35 pm

Temnothorax is another one with colonies never really exceeding past 700 ants.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

AntsDakota
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Re: Questions About Colony Sizes

Post: # 47483Post AntsDakota
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:35 pm

Hunter36o wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:30 am
As far as I am aware. Colonies that have gamergates and not actual queen generally do not have big colonies so there is less competition from newly hatched workers and less ground to cover when trying to remove gemi from the new workers. Sorry for my spelling. But I am not sure how many ants do this. I just know there are some in the Asian region. Not so sure about Europe.

May I ask why you are asking about Asia and Europe? Hope you do not plan to import any from one to the other??
In Great Britain it is legal to buy non-native ant species through the mail.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

Hunter36o
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Re: Questions About Colony Sizes

Post: # 47619Post Hunter36o
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:40 am

AntsDakota wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:35 pm
Hunter36o wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:30 am
As far as I am aware. Colonies that have gamergates and not actual queen generally do not have big colonies so there is less competition from newly hatched workers and less ground to cover when trying to remove gemi from the new workers. Sorry for my spelling. But I am not sure how many ants do this. I just know there are some in the Asian region. Not so sure about Europe.

May I ask why you are asking about Asia and Europe? Hope you do not plan to import any from one to the other??
In Great Britain it is legal to buy non-native ant species through the mail.
Yeah but that still does not make it a good idea to bring in non native species. Legal or not the risks are still there.
Officially caring for 4 Lasius colonies :D :D :D

Founding stage:
11x Lasius Niger
1x Myrmica Rubra
1x Myrmica ??

AntsDakota
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Re: Questions About Colony Sizes

Post: # 47642Post AntsDakota
Thu Aug 16, 2018 12:56 pm

Hunter36o wrote:
Thu Aug 16, 2018 4:40 am
AntsDakota wrote:
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:35 pm
Hunter36o wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:30 am
As far as I am aware. Colonies that have gamergates and not actual queen generally do not have big colonies so there is less competition from newly hatched workers and less ground to cover when trying to remove gemi from the new workers. Sorry for my spelling. But I am not sure how many ants do this. I just know there are some in the Asian region. Not so sure about Europe.

May I ask why you are asking about Asia and Europe? Hope you do not plan to import any from one to the other??
In Great Britain it is legal to buy non-native ant species through the mail.
Yeah but that still does not make it a good idea to bring in non native species. Legal or not the risks are still there.
I was just stating a fact. I agree with keeping native species.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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