Are Pheidole Pallidula polygynous?

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Are Pheidole Pallidula polygynous?

Post: # 40800Post StigmaticSpark4
Thu Jul 12, 2018 6:59 am

As I wrote in the subject, are pheidole pallidula polygynous?
Because I have 3 queens which have all already layed eggs and I searched everywhere on the internet but I couldn't find one definitive answer. If they are, can I create a supercolony by putting them together? Or will they just murder eachother once the first nanitics arrive.
Oh, and one last question... they are claustral, right?

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Re: Are Pheidole Pallidula polygynous?

Post: # 45986Post Steven
Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:09 am

Yes they are have a colony but onl has ne queen
Lasius Niger
MEGA COLONY Myrmica Rubra
Pheidole Pallidula

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Re: Are Pheidole Pallidula polygynous?

Post: # 46033Post Thorond0r
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:12 pm

They are mostly monogynous, sometimes they have 2 queens but they live in seperate areas of the nest... So i suggest founding all 3 of them alone.
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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Re: Are Pheidole Pallidula polygynous?

Post: # 46039Post Steven
Sun Jul 29, 2018 3:24 pm

Yer it’s common for workers to kill a queen for some reason a suppose there would be a list of reason what we don’t know about but probably because she sick or just stopped laying eggs, tbh you don’t really need more than one queen there will be an army no matter what
Lasius Niger
MEGA COLONY Myrmica Rubra
Pheidole Pallidula

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Re: Are Pheidole Pallidula polygynous?

Post: # 46293Post StigmaticSpark4
Wed Aug 01, 2018 8:48 am

Thanks for the responses.

I didn't want to endanger them so in the past weeks I kept them in 3 different test tubes. One of them already has about 15 workers while the other two are about to get their nanitics.

I'll definitely raise them as 3 different colonies so that once they'll start producing alates, they'll be able to reproduce with eachother (I know captive nuptial flights are almost impossible to achieve and that's why I'll leave the windows open once it will be the right time ;))

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