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JoeyD101
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Lasius Sp.?

Post: # 36706Post JoeyD101
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:07 pm

I know the pics are crap but it's the best I can do right now.
Location: Hendersonville NC
Length: 6-7mm
Date caught: 6/1/2018 (around 7pm EST)
Thanks in advance!

https://imgur.com/a/7XQ2U0t

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Lasius Sp.?

Post: # 36707Post Batspiderfish
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:25 pm

Yes. Lasius interjectus, a social parasite.
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.

JoeyD101
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Re: Lasius Sp.?

Post: # 36708Post JoeyD101
Sat Jun 02, 2018 5:30 pm

Oh wow, you are certain? I have no idea how to care for a parasitic queen, any advice is greatly appreciated.

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Re: Lasius Sp.?

Post: # 36711Post TheRealAntMan
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:14 pm

What I would do is go look under rocks, logs, or other lasius habitats. If you find a lasius nest, scoop up some cocoons and give them to your lasius queen to start he colony.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

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Re: Lasius Sp.?

Post: # 36712Post Batspiderfish
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:23 pm

http://www.formiculture.com/topic/3252-much-ado-about-the-founding-of-lasius-temporary-social-parasites/

Some people claim they've been able to start Lasius parasite colonies with just cocoons, but the vast majority of accounts I've read failed to start this way.
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.

JoeyD101
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Re: Lasius Sp.?

Post: # 36713Post JoeyD101
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:25 pm

TheRealAntMan wrote:
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:14 pm
What I would do is go look under rocks, logs, or other lasius habitats. If you find a lasius nest, scoop up some cocoons and give them to your lasius queen to start he colony.
Does it have to be a lasius colony or will any brood do the trick?

JoeyD101
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Re: Lasius Sp.?

Post: # 36714Post JoeyD101
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:32 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:23 pm
http://www.formiculture.com/topic/3252-much-ado-about-the-founding-of-lasius-temporary-social-parasites/

Some people claim they've been able to start Lasius parasite colonies with just cocoons, but the vast majority of accounts I've read failed to start this way.
Great info, thank you!

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Re: Lasius Sp.?

Post: # 36723Post MaxGen
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:25 pm

I tried with 2 colonies this year. Total failure. The cocoons turned grey and never eclosed. I guess the queens were completely incapable of providing any care...

Next year I'll try the chill method.
Batspiderfish wrote:
Sat Jun 02, 2018 6:23 pm
http://www.formiculture.com/topic/3252-much-ado-about-the-founding-of-lasius-temporary-social-parasites/

Some people claim they've been able to start Lasius parasite colonies with just cocoons, but the vast majority of accounts I've read failed to start this way.

JoeyD101
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Re: Lasius Sp.?

Post: # 36725Post JoeyD101
Sat Jun 02, 2018 8:50 pm

So from what I understand from reading this info, I need to find a lasius colony and capture some workers and brood and hope that they introduce properly using one of the listed methods as lasius queens are not capable of caring for brood in any way on their own. Correct me if I'm wrong. That being said, how in the world do I go about finding a lasius colony? I'm not sure I could identify it properly.

AntDudeUSA
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Re: Lasius Sp.?

Post: # 36750Post AntDudeUSA
Sun Jun 03, 2018 6:06 pm

Heyo man it feels super weird to see a location on the forum that I live next to anyways if you are wanting to try and find some Tetramorium they are flying I caught a queen 6/3/18 in Forest city so I would believe they are flying in hendo aswell
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