camponotus subbarbatus

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CaptainAnt2005
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camponotus subbarbatus

Post: # 41400Post CaptainAnt2005
Mon Jul 16, 2018 4:01 pm

Are these ant's polygynous so I can keep multiple queens together?
Current owner of 2 Camponotus subbertus colonies

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Re: camponotus subbarbatus

Post: # 41818Post antnest8
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:17 pm

no. some queens can get along for a short period of time and then kill each other when the workers arrive. camponotus are not like this all camponotus that i have put together attack immediately.
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3 tetremorium queens
2 C. pennsylvanicus
1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony
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CampoKing
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Re: camponotus subbarbatus

Post: # 48918Post CampoKing
Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:58 pm

I've heard that Camponotus subbarbatus is one species that uses pleometrosis, where multiple queens may get together to start a colony, but then fight each other until one survives. It's safe to say that C. subbarbatus is simply a one-queen or monogynous ant species.
Besides, since you might be raising multiple queens in a healthy, safe, indoor environment, it's best to let each queen raise a colony by itself so you can enjoy more ants :D
(I think pleometrosis is one way that queens ensure the initial survival of a colony, since *starting* one is the hardest stage in the wild)
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C. pennsylvanicus & C. subbarbatus

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