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AntsDakota
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Lasius social parasite

Post: # 52699Post AntsDakota
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:35 pm

I found a Lasius social parasite queen that I believe to be Lasius claviger. I am hoping to acquire a Lasius colony from a friend to start the colony.
"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

ClashOwenBash
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Re: Lasius social parasite

Post: # 52784Post ClashOwenBash
Sun Oct 21, 2018 1:38 pm

AntsDakota wrote:
Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:35 pm
I found a Lasius social parasite queen that I believe to be Lasius claviger. I am hoping to acquire a Lasius colony from a friend to start the colony.
(*slightly jealous*)
Hibernating Lasius Niger, Lasius Flavus, and Myrmica Rubra. Zzz..

Hunter36o
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Re: Lasius social parasite

Post: # 54711Post Hunter36o
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:18 am

I'm 50-50 on getting a future parasite queen. Like it is perfectly natural for them to take over existing small colonies but I'm torn at the idea of doing it myself just to add a new species to the ranks :(
Officially caring for 5 Lasius colonies :D :D :D

Founding stage:
1x Myrmica Rubra with one worker

3 Lasius Niger colonies will be on sale AFTER hibernation.

ClashOwenBash
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Re: Lasius social parasite

Post: # 54812Post ClashOwenBash
Sat Dec 15, 2018 2:54 am

Hunter36o wrote:
Tue Dec 11, 2018 4:18 am
I'm 50-50 on getting a future parasite queen. Like it is perfectly natural for them to take over existing small colonies but I'm torn at the idea of doing it myself just to add a new species to the ranks :(
It's rare but sometimes certain ant shops have parasitic queens already with host workers, if that helps.
Hibernating Lasius Niger, Lasius Flavus, and Myrmica Rubra. Zzz..

Hunter36o
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Re: Lasius social parasite

Post: # 54814Post Hunter36o
Sat Dec 15, 2018 4:06 am

No GAN or Irish based ant shop. I would have to ship one from England and although not illegal, it is still not something I would go for as we all know it does not guarantee ants will survive and I'm not one to put a creatures life on the line for my own gain.
I will just have to try convince myself at some point it's a natural part of ant life and just bite the bullet with a small young colony. Or maybe wild workers slowed via a few seconds in a mid temp fridge?? I dono
Officially caring for 5 Lasius colonies :D :D :D

Founding stage:
1x Myrmica Rubra with one worker

3 Lasius Niger colonies will be on sale AFTER hibernation.

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