My New UK Qeen! What is she?

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Brice15
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My New UK Qeen! What is she?

Post: # 45877Post Brice15
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:29 am

So I found this queen walking in my garden alone. I have no idea what she is (maybe lasius niger) she is around 6mm and she doesn’t want any water or honey. She dosnt move much and I am stumped on what to do. I have kept her in a dark draw for 24h + and she isn’t laying any eggs is drinking or having any honey and not moving much.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1v9RtpLc4-JFhWr9q42Vd0yySX4ADll6a

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1sw6LeJX3sZsiMAnAyTO8E3ZFFtRkZeI6

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1EnPZEhDfRgtOFtxwMiyqabout9Xw6x3i

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1El4cS0bOrOa_b5BJtHMpdTtvhuwDFi01

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ivBj3L3BJ7B8C1yprETyhOg7XuDZ2yiC

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1i1CC9BD-P6KTFYFG-my6OkVbfpnNPscF


And this is a set up I have her in, water and a small drop of honey near the entrance.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Wg63Z2d5pLZ671VsyMi9aRsX3RjA0q6a
Current keeper of ;
Harvester Ant – Messor barbarous

My dream colony;
Red Ant Colony – Myrmica Rubra

Thorond0r
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Re: My New UK Qeen! What is she?

Post: # 45879Post Thorond0r
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:34 am

I can only look at about half of the pictures, the other ones need permission.
From what i can see it does look like a Lasius sp. But i think 6mm is a bit small for L. niger...
Maybe someone else can tell you more
First year of antkeeping, already enjoying it!

Currently founding:

Lasius niger
Lasius umbratus
Lasius flavus


Still hoping to find a Formica queen.

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Brice15
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Re: My New UK Qeen! What is she?

Post: # 45881Post Brice15
Sat Jul 28, 2018 6:04 am

Thorond0r wrote:
Sat Jul 28, 2018 5:34 am
I can only look at about half of the pictures, the other ones need permission.
From what i can see it does look like a Lasius sp. But i think 6mm is a bit small for L. niger...
Maybe someone else can tell you more
Thanks for the reply! It is bigger then 6mm I was checking roughly because I didn’t want to disturb her too much
Current keeper of ;
Harvester Ant – Messor barbarous

My dream colony;
Red Ant Colony – Myrmica Rubra

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