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Formica obscuripes fully claustral?

Posted: Mon Apr 29, 2019 8:23 pm
by WashingtonAnts
Hi everyone, I caught a queen ant which got identified as Formica obscuripes but I don't know if the queen is fully claustral or semi-claustral or parasitic. Can anyone tell me?

Re: Formica obscuripes fully claustral?

Posted: Fri May 03, 2019 1:03 am
by AntsLuxembourg

I did some research for you and found this.
Colony Founding
These ants are temporary social parasites of Formica fusca-group species. New colonies are established when an inseminated F. obscuripes queen enters the nest of a Formica fusca-group species and is accepted by the host workers. The host queen is eventually killed or driven off, and the host workers raise the brood of the invading queen. Eventually, only F. obscuripes workers remain as the original host workers die off.
Please read this thoroughly since it might contain more important informations for you.

And yes this species seems to be "parasitic". At least they the queen needs other ants to take care of her eggs because "she is a lazy fatass". (haha sorry but I couldn't resist. ;)