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By Squimbles
#23058
Never had any experience with this ant. I caught her under the assumption she was a Lasius Niger drone.

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I hope she is sterile and if so I am looking forward to seeing how her colony will evolve. If she isn't sterile, I guess I might invest in buying one of her kind off the internet.

So far I have provided her a basic test tube setup as seen in the picture above. I have also fed her one pre-killed, sterilized fly that was soaked in sugar water. I will remove the fly after 24 hours and leave her for a week or so.


Stay tuned :)!
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By Squimbles
#23067
Update 21/07/2017 22:56

Finished establishing a mini out world for the queen. She still has wings and has not come close to settling down yet... I hope she's fertilized!

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She had a bit of honey and I had already given her a fly for 24 hours. Now I will wait for a couple of days and see how she does!
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By number6
#23068
they take ages to remove there wings ive even got a few that never removed theres best bet is a dark place for a few days then see if any changes also look for another queen to join her least that way you get a colony started :)
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By Squimbles
#23072
I may invest in a queen online but I'm worried they might reject each other. Furthermore, I can only buy some with workers which means the workers might kill the queen?
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By jeoff82
#23075
[quote="Squimbles"]I may invest in a queen online but I'm worried they might reject each other. Furthermore, I can only buy some with workers which means the workers might kill the queen?[/quote

I caught a lone queen today with no wings, you can buy her if you want, £10 posted to UK.
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By Squimbles
#23079
I may consider it. I am going to leave the current queen I have for a week in her mini nest and see how she does. Keep the offer on the table though.
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