Multiple Lasius Queens -Safe or Not?

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harry7778
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Multiple Lasius Queens -Safe or Not?

Post: # 40569Post harry7778
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:17 pm

In this video ''https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teZVFLNoqkc'' is my two Lasius queens that I decided to put together because when I found them, they were interacting in the wild! They have laid eggs and are caring for each other and each other's young consistently! Will this continue or will they eventually harm one another?

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Re: Multiple Lasius Queens -Safe or Not?

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Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:06 am

If They Were Against each other They Would Immediately Formic Acid Spray Each other But They're Interacting So Im Thinking You Will Have A Super Colony.
Keeper Of: Pogonomyrmex barbatus Queen 2x
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Dorymyrmex Queen 2x
Dream Species: Pheidole Spp. (Big Headed Ant)

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Re: Multiple Lasius Queens -Safe or Not?

Post: # 40577Post harry7778
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:54 am

Thank you! I’ve never seen this before! Having a colony with two egg laying queens must be fast growing!

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Re: Multiple Lasius Queens -Safe or Not?

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Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:04 am

harry7778 wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:54 am
Thank you! I’ve never seen this before! Having a colony with two egg laying queens must be fast growing!
Lasius ants follow Pleometrosis meaning that the will found a colony together, but turn on each other after the first workers arrive. I would keep separated if I were you.
An ants' strength can be rivaled by few animals compared to relative body size.

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Re: Multiple Lasius Queens -Safe or Not?

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Tue Jul 10, 2018 11:15 pm

TheRealAntMan wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:04 am
harry7778 wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:54 am
Thank you! I’ve never seen this before! Having a colony with two egg laying queens must be fast growing!
Lasius ants follow Pleometrosis meaning that the will found a colony together, but turn on each other after the first workers arrive. I would keep separated if I were you.
Agreed, often they kill each-other and you end up with no queen.

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Re: Multiple Lasius Queens -Safe or Not?

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Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:19 pm

TheRealAntMan wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 10:04 am
harry7778 wrote:
Tue Jul 10, 2018 12:54 am
Thank you! I’ve never seen this before! Having a colony with two egg laying queens must be fast growing!
Lasius ants follow Pleometrosis meaning that the will found a colony together, but turn on each other after the first workers arrive. I would keep separated if I were you.
I heard that Lasius flavus was polygynous, and I have 2 queens with pupae (probably workers by now.)
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: Multiple Lasius Queens -Safe or Not?

Post: # 41194Post harry7778
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:23 am

I've been monitoring the double-queen experiment with the 'Lasius Niger' queens, they are very calm with each other and are frequently laying, a significant difference in the egg pile size compared to my other 25 Lasius queens that are alone. I'm just worried of what will happen when the workers arrive.

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Re: Multiple Lasius Queens -Safe or Not?

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Wed Jul 18, 2018 7:03 pm

harry7778 wrote:
Sun Jul 15, 2018 11:23 am
I've been monitoring the double-queen experiment with the 'Lasius Niger' queens, they are very calm with each other and are frequently laying, a significant difference in the egg pile size compared to my other 25 Lasius queens that are alone. I'm just worried of what will happen when the workers arrive.
To be safe, just b4 the workers arrive, remove one Queen.
At least you'll have a major brood boost !

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Re: Multiple Lasius Queens -Safe or Not?

Post: # 42150Post harry7778
Mon Jul 23, 2018 12:53 pm

Great idea, thank you.

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