Questions About Colony Sizes

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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.

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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.

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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??
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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.
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C. Pennsylvanicus
Formica Pallidefulva

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