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too many queens

Post: # 2154Post jarnozoxx
Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:32 am

Last Nuptial flight (Belgium,Flanders) i caught about 22 ant queens.
I think they are Lasius Niger and Lasius Flavus or Lasius Neoniger (can't see the difference :) )
Now 18 of them have laid eggs and some even already have larvae.
The problem I have is that I don't know what to do with them, i can keep a colony or two but not 18!
Does anyone know if i can release them back into nature and how or anything else to get rid of them without killing them?

Thanks!

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Re: too many queens

Post: # 2158Post antscanada
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:18 am

Foxish wrote:You could join the GAN program and other people will come and collect them from you :)
Yes, I second that notion. It would be awesome if you could join the GAN Project as we often get messages from Belgium for ants. For the most part, North American ant hobbyists seem to be on board with keeping only local ants but European ant keepers have been buying and keeping exotic ants or ants shipped in from another country for so many years now that it is taking some time to get them to catch on to the trend of keeping locally-caught ants. You would be a great step towards that movement if you could join the GAN Project.

Hope you can join us.
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Re: too many queens

Post: # 2163Post jarnozoxx
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:44 am

I will have to think about it and ask my parents (i'm underaged).
And i'll have to find out the species, does anyone know if there's something on the internet that can help me identifiying the species?

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Re: too many queens

Post: # 2174Post ooper01
Wed Aug 12, 2015 12:15 pm

jarnozoxx wrote:I will have to think about it and ask my parents (i'm underaged).
And i'll have to find out the species, does anyone know if there's something on the internet that can help me identifiying the species?
http://antweb.org/ is a great resource, though it takes some time to get used to it. I have still not mastered it. There are tens of thousands of photos and descriptions added by myrmecologists world-wide.
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Re: too many queens

Post: # 2191Post Rovvov99
Wed Aug 12, 2015 2:36 pm

Jonathan21700 wrote:Lasius neoniger does not occur in Europe. Possibly L. niger as they recently had flights.
Why don't you just release them?
If they have already brood it's almost impossible to establish a new nesting site, so if he'd release them they would die.

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Re: too many queens

Post: # 2199Post jarnozoxx
Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:03 pm

ooper01 wrote:
jarnozoxx wrote:I will have to think about it and ask my parents (i'm underaged).
And i'll have to find out the species, does anyone know if there's something on the internet that can help me identifiying the species?
http://antweb.org/ is a great resource, though it takes some time to get used to it. I have still not mastered it. There are tens of thousands of photos and descriptions added by myrmecologists world-wide.
very helpful, thanks!

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Re: too many queens

Post: # 2200Post jarnozoxx
Wed Aug 12, 2015 4:08 pm

Jonathan21700 wrote:Lasius neoniger does not occur in Europe. Possibly L. niger as they recently had flights.
Why don't you just release them?
Yes neoniger doesn't live here in europe, thanks.
I'm now pretty sure i have Lasius Niger and Lasius Flavus ( also alot of those colonies in my area)
And I might join the GAN project as suggested by a few people but i have some questions first i will probably address via mail.

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Re: too many queens

Post: # 36870Post AntsDakota
Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:21 pm

jarnozoxx wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2015 3:32 am
Last Nuptial flight (Belgium,Flanders) i caught about 22 ant queens.
I think they are Lasius Niger and Lasius Flavus or Lasius Neoniger (can't see the difference :) )
Now 18 of them have laid eggs and some even already have larvae.
The problem I have is that I don't know what to do with them, i can keep a colony or two but not 18!
Does anyone know if i can release them back into nature and how or anything else to get rid of them without killing them?

Thanks!
Sometimes the queens of L.niger and L.flavus will get along in the founding stage, and sometimes the queens will stay alive when their first workers arive, yet someitmes the queens will fight each other or the workers kill all but one queen. So you could try putting them together into one massive super 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

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Re: too many queens

Post: # 38608Post GladysHill
Sat Jun 23, 2018 1:16 am

I remembered last summer vacation when I and my sister went to my aunt's house we found a huge number of queen's appearance in the kitchen and on the wall of the kitchen. Aunt tried using some oil to get rid of them and their eggs, but still, the number of queens range were increasing randomly. So ultimately we decide to contact new york city exterminators( http://www.positivepest.net/ ) to exterminate them fully.

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Re: too many queens

Post: # 39187Post antnest8
Thu Jun 28, 2018 2:38 pm

jarnozoxx wrote:
Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:44 am
I will have to think about it and ask my parents (i'm underaged).
And i'll have to find out the species, does anyone know if there's something on the internet that can help me identifiying the species?
i know that this is an old post but i just have to say that its really annoying to be under aged because in like 4 years you have to release all your ants because you need to leave for collage.
keeper of
3 tetremorium queens
2 C. pennsylvanicus
1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony
!!And A CREMATOGASTER QUEEN!!

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