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Re: Super Major

Posted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:16 am
by AntnoobSG
https://www.google.com.sg/amp/s/amp.reddit.com/r/ants/comments/6x4ial/questions_about_polymorphic_ants

Re: Super Major

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 12:55 am
by ClashOwenBash
Typmachien wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 4:02 am
Hello, my colony of lasius niger is finally starting to grow i have around 4 workers at the moment. My question is: does this colony get majors or super majors when they grow larger or does this species not have majors?
Thanks in Advance!
Lasius Niger don't have majors or super majors.

Re: Super Major

Posted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:07 pm
by AntsDakota
Or a sting or formic acid, for that matter.

Re: Super Major

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 8:24 am
by Hunter36o
AntsDakota wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 1:07 pm
Or a sting or formic acid, for that matter.
Actually through study of recent behaviour of Lasius Niger and of course thanks to YouTube and the ever growing ant keeping hobby, Lasius Niger's do intact have a stinger of sorts, I even got to watch this first hand when I caught my first queen and her first reaction to the closed test tube was to literally go into stinging pose and actually pressed her abdomen where a stinger would be located and proceeded to stab the cotton 4 times before realising it was a waste of time.

This behaviour and through YouTube videos zoomed right in while witnessing this you can see a tiny little needle like piece at their ends.

Now a friend of mine had a good question on this as it has always been believed they cannot sting. He asked could evolution come I to play because he recalled me explaining about invasive ants and also the aggressive nature of tetramorium ants and wondered if they were forced to develop this defensive trait.

The other theory is they always had one but like many spiders and their fangs, they do not have the length in their stinger to pierce out skin.

Just another reason as to why I want to study these guys up close under different environments and such.

Re: Super Major

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 4:37 pm
by AntsDakota
Do other Lasius species have stingers?

Re: Super Major

Posted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:03 pm
by TheRealAntMan
No Lasius have stingers. What they probably had was a different species that looked like it.

Re: Super Major

Posted: Sat Sep 08, 2018 12:34 pm
by ClashOwenBash
They might not have stingers but they might secrete some form of acid onto things. I've see Lasius Flavus queens defend themselves from other ant sp. by thrusting their abdomens onto the ants whilst pinning them down. They must be using that abdomen for something. (One of the L.Flavus queens is safe founding a colony with me :D the other ones I saw were long gone :( )