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tencarnacion
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Formica ant

Post: # 38423Post tencarnacion
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:22 pm

I just caught a formica queen, and I have a few questions.
1) are the semi or fully claustral?
2)is one queen enough to start a colony?
Thank you!!

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AntNoobster
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Re: Formica ant

Post: # 38433Post AntNoobster
Thu Jun 21, 2018 4:33 am

tencarnacion wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 11:22 pm
I just caught a formica queen, and I have a few questions.
1) are the semi or fully claustral?
2)is one queen enough to start a colony?
Thank you!!
1) Formica queens are fully claustral
2) yes, one queen is definitely enough to start a colony. I wouldnt try to put more than one queen together
"Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest." Proverbs 6:6-8


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Re: Formica ant

Post: # 38462Post Batspiderfish
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:37 pm

The social parasites from the rufa, microgyna, sanguinea, and exsectioides groups are all social parasites, but the fusca, pallidefulva, and neogagates groups are all claustral.
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.

tencarnacion
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Re: Formica ant

Post: # 38464Post tencarnacion
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:47 pm

In that case, just put her into a test tube set up and into the drawer for a week or two and see what happens?

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Re: Formica ant

Post: # 38466Post Batspiderfish
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:52 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Thu Jun 21, 2018 2:37 pm
The social parasites from the rufa, microgyna, sanguinea, and exsectioides groups are all social parasites, but the fusca, pallidefulva, and neogagates groups are all claustral.
TLDR: The social parasites are social parasites.
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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