Combining fusca queens

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Macatak
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Combining fusca queens

Post: # 40937Post Macatak
Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:37 am

Can I please get some advice on this subject please as I’ve found it very difficult to get a definitive answer through research. I have two fusca queens in test tube set ups and both have laid their first batch of eggs. I know these are a polygynous species and i only have space for one fornicarium so how do I go about introducing them to each other if it’s possible.

Thank you in advance
Founding

2x Lasius Niger
2x Messor Barbarus
2x Formica Fusca
2x Lasius Flavus
3x Myrmica Rubra

JakeM0816
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Re: Combining fusca queens

Post: # 40997Post JakeM0816
Fri Jul 13, 2018 1:03 pm

You could connect the test tubes together and give them some time, do not forcibly put one with the other, this does not always work out even though they are polygynos so I advise you to keep them separate, I know it’s cool forming a big super colony but in most cases the strongest queen survives and will most likely be injured. I’d say keep them apart as they will take about a full year to get to need a different setup. Good luck
Keeping:
1xPrenolepis imparis
1xformica Palifidulva
1xTetramorium Immigrans
1xCamponatus Pennsylvanicus


Founding:
4x tetramorium Immigrans
2xFormica Fusca
4xFormica Sp.
2xLasius Umbratus
2x Formica Subcericia

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Macatak
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Re: Combining fusca queens

Post: # 41029Post Macatak
Fri Jul 13, 2018 4:27 pm

Cheers, I’ll keep them separate then as I don’t want either to come to harm needlessly. I guess I could sell the one in a year or so 👍🏻

Thanks for the advice
Founding

2x Lasius Niger
2x Messor Barbarus
2x Formica Fusca
2x Lasius Flavus
3x Myrmica Rubra

JakeM0816
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Re: Combining fusca queens

Post: # 41055Post JakeM0816
Fri Jul 13, 2018 7:34 pm

Yeah I tried that with the False honeypot ant in N.A. and I combined 4 queens, soon enough though one by one the queens started to die so either they sprayed each other or it seemed like the workers stopped feeding one of their least favorites. If you catch more this season then maybe you could try it, as long as you know the risks and are willing to take it then try. Remember to always share your experiences on here. Happy Ant hunting!
Keeping:
1xPrenolepis imparis
1xformica Palifidulva
1xTetramorium Immigrans
1xCamponatus Pennsylvanicus


Founding:
4x tetramorium Immigrans
2xFormica Fusca
4xFormica Sp.
2xLasius Umbratus
2x Formica Subcericia

Huntley GAN Farmer :D

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Re: Combining fusca queens

Post: # 41060Post Batspiderfish
Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:23 pm

Do not combine your queens unless you know the species is consistently polygynous. It is always for the keeper's amusement, never for the health of their ants, and for most species it will end with one or more queens dead.
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Macatak
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Re: Combining fusca queens

Post: # 41197Post Macatak
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:45 am

Thanks batspiderfish, I’ll definitley be keeping them separate, given the advice on here as I’ve no interest in harming them.
Founding

2x Lasius Niger
2x Messor Barbarus
2x Formica Fusca
2x Lasius Flavus
3x Myrmica Rubra

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