Can I put a second tetramorium queen in with another tetramorium queen with larvae?

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Can I put a second tetramorium queen in with another tetramorium queen with larvae?

Post: # 41582Post Ltislander
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:01 am

I caught a second one and I already have one

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Re: Can I put a second tetramorium queen in with another tetramorium queen with larvae?

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Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:15 am

Yeah I've done that experiment with this species. Did not go well. One of the queens will for sure die, and the other will most likely be injured or killed.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

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Re: Can I put a second tetramorium queen in with another tetramorium queen with larvae?

Post: # 41620Post Ltislander
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:01 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:15 am
Yeah I've done that experiment with this species. Did not go well. One of the queens will for sure die, and the other will most likely be injured or killed.
Oh man

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Re: Can I put a second tetramorium queen in with another tetramorium queen with larvae?

Post: # 41621Post idahoantgirl
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:07 pm

Ltislander wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:01 pm
idahoantgirl wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:15 am
Yeah I've done that experiment with this species. Did not go well. One of the queens will for sure die, and the other will most likely be injured or killed.
Oh man
Some species it works with, but not this one :)
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

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Re: Can I put a second tetramorium queen in with another tetramorium queen with larvae?

Post: # 41624Post Ltislander
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:31 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:07 pm
Ltislander wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:01 pm
idahoantgirl wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:15 am
Yeah I've done that experiment with this species. Did not go well. One of the queens will for sure die, and the other will most likely be injured or killed.
Oh man
Some species it works with, but not this one :)
That would be one large tetramorium colony

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Re: Can I put a second tetramorium queen in with another tetramorium queen with larvae?

Post: # 41627Post AntsDakota
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:43 pm

Ltislander wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:01 am
I caught a second one and I already have one
You can, but separate them before they have workers.
"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: Can I put a second tetramorium queen in with another tetramorium queen with larvae?

Post: # 41707Post idahoantgirl
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:33 am

AntsDakota wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:43 pm
Ltislander wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:01 am
I caught a second one and I already have one
You can, but separate them before they have workers.
Nah, they will still kill each other in most cases before workers hatched. The longest I could get them to work together was a week.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

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Re: Can I put a second tetramorium queen in with another tetramorium queen with larvae?

Post: # 41844Post AntsDakota
Fri Jul 20, 2018 6:24 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:33 am
AntsDakota wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:43 pm
Ltislander wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:01 am
I caught a second one and I already have one
You can, but separate them before they have workers.
Nah, they will still kill each other in most cases before workers hatched. The longest I could get them to work together was a week.
My Tetramorium queens have been together or 3 weeks.
"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: Can I put a second tetramorium queen in with another tetramorium queen with larvae?

Post: # 42058Post AntsDakota
Sun Jul 22, 2018 7:06 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:33 am
AntsDakota wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 12:43 pm
Ltislander wrote:
Wed Jul 18, 2018 10:01 am
I caught a second one and I already have one
You can, but separate them before they have workers.
Nah, they will still kill each other in most cases before workers hatched. The longest I could get them to work together was a week.
My Tetramorium queens have had workers for a week and 2 are perfectly healthy and one is just injured. I think they stopped attacking her.
"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: Can I put a second tetramorium queen in with another tetramorium queen with larvae?

Post: # 45572Post idahoantgirl
Wed Jul 25, 2018 9:54 am

Well, we will see how that works out for ya.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

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