Lasius Alienus or Lasius Niger

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kytian
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Lasius Alienus or Lasius Niger

Post: # 39767Post kytian
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:26 am

Hello,

There was a nuptial flight today and I was able to catch quite a few queens :)

From looking through pictures, I'm thinking its from the Lasius genus. Any tips on differentiating the species would be much appreciated.

Is it possible to keep 2 or more queens together for this species?

Thanks!

Location: BC Canada
Date: July 3rd
Size: around 8mm

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kytian
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Re: Lasius Alienus or Lasius Niger

Post: # 39768Post kytian
Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:48 am

After looking at a few more of them, I'm starting to think they might by Formica instead :?: :?:

Casualfriday
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Re: Lasius Alienus or Lasius Niger

Post: # 39772Post Casualfriday
Wed Jul 04, 2018 4:53 am

I always have a hard time with Lasius and formica. This one looks like a Fromica Fusca queen.
Keeper of:

solenopsis invicta x3
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Batspiderfish
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Re: Lasius Alienus or Lasius Niger

Post: # 39786Post Batspiderfish
Wed Jul 04, 2018 7:56 am

Lasius americanus, which until recently was thought to be Lasius alienus.
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