Multiple Myrmica sp Queen Help

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Multiple Myrmica sp Queen Help

Post: # 55310Post Ankrauser
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:06 pm

So I have a dilemma. I had 2 Myrmica sp. queens together in a test tube connected to an outworld setup. After one of them began laying eggs, they’ve both been fighting with each other, like full blown wrestling and dragging each other around kind of fighting. After I saw this, I ended up separating the two.

Should I keep put them together again and hope for the best and leave it to whatever happens, or should I merge them later with workers? I’m not really sure. If possible I’d like them to cooperate. Thanks.

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Re: Multiple Myrmica sp Queen Help

Post: # 55313Post Ankrauser
Wed Jan 16, 2019 7:53 pm

To elaborate further on this: Q1 used to be the dominant female or so it appeared and would snip at Q2 here and but nothing really came out of it. But ever since Q2 laid a batch of eggs first, aggression levels between Q1 and Q2 skyrocketed within the last 36 hrs which made Q1 hide in their outworld. Earlier this morning I saw both Q1 and Q2 look like they were trying to kill each other before I broke it up with a BBQ skewer. Now I'm not sure if I should keep them separated, attempt to put them together again, or try introducing them to each other after workers get close to arriving.

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Re: Multiple Myrmica sp Queen Help

Post: # 55321Post antnest8
Thu Jan 17, 2019 10:33 am

They could be different species since it is almost impossible to tell their differences.
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Re: Multiple Myrmica sp Queen Help

Post: # 56431Post PwnerPie
Wed Mar 13, 2019 8:45 pm

I have not successfully put myrmica together in WA. Even when I catch them feet from each other, they always end up killing each other, but they do just fine alone. I dont trust em!
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Re: Multiple Myrmica sp Queen Help

Post: # 57365Post Hunter36o
Thu Apr 18, 2019 10:26 am

It's a tricky one that is a hit and miss. You can gather 7 queens from the same area and 3 or 4 might survive. Not sure why they do this but it is like they have some sort of standard the other queens did not seem to meet. That and Myrmica species are almost impossible to tell apart by looking at the queens alone. The only real accurate way to tell is to put the workers under a microscope. This should also be taken I to account as the different species could accidentally land beside one and other in the wild and that will just cause more issues.
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