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#16021
Hi everyone, I wanted to post a recent experiment I did on a Lasius Alienus queen. I caught her during a nuptial ant flight and put her into a test tube. 10 mins later i brood boosted her with about 100 coccons from another nest of the same species I found under a rock. She took off her wings on top of the pile of cocoons and begin moving them around, 20 mins later a worker emerged from one of the many cocoons. She accepted it. By the next day about 20 others hatched and she accepted them as well. Today, 1 Week later she has 50+ workers and has begun laying eggs which the workers are taking care of and taking care of the queen as well.

However I would like to know if this species eats the cocoon of hatched workers and how large on average do these colony's get.
#16023
No, this species wont eat the empty cocoons from hatched workers. In fact i don't know of an ant species that does that. The colony can grow to about 40.000 workers.
#16032
nortorn wrote:No, this species wont eat the empty cocoons from hatched workers. In fact i don't know of an ant species that does that. The colony can grow to about 40.000 workers.


I was hoping they would use the cocoons as a protein source :oops: However I like the idea of the colony size. I think the Ant kit store has a perfect nest for this species. Are you aware as to whether they are reliable or not.
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