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By MoonAnts
#14994
Welcome to the Journal for my Lasius niger.

The queen was caught on July 19, 2016 at 3:30pm
She started laying eggs the day after I caught her


Royalty herself
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Her brood
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She is very gentle with her brood and keeps it safe under her body
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She's neat and keeps everything clean.
My other Lasius queen has her brood spread out all over the test tube walls. :D

I'll try to update regularly and post about how it's going.


... to be continued
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By MoonAnts
#15877
Well, after a bit of time of not being online I finally managed to take Pictures and get a free minute to post them. :)

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The queen
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Queen and brood



(Question: I think I caught a Lasius flavus last week {not entirely sure as I'm waiting for the first worker}, should I make a new journal or put both journals in here? And mark them with Lasius Niger and Lasius Flavus )
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By Dan
#15909
It's up to you about the journals. With two sole queens, it might be better keeping them both in one journal, but do separate posts. If you gather quite a collection in the future, you can get a sub-forum, and I can manually separate this journal into flavus and niger.
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By MoonAnts
#16057
Lasius Niger

So, two days ago I decided to put a piece of cotton wool soaked in sugar water into the test tube.
I know my queen is claustral but I still wanted to try. I removed the food after 24 hours (yesterday) and took pictures today. I noticed that the abdomen of my queens looks swollen compared to the first weeks. The inside seems kinda white as you can see on the pictures below.
I know it could be the sugar water but I'm still a bit concerned it might be a parasite. The white stuff inside the abdomen doesn't move by the way.

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Lasius Flavus (?)

This is the queen I caught roughly 3 weeks ago. I'm not entirely sure if it's really a Lasius Flavus so I put a (?) behind it.
I fed sugar water 2 days ago as well, removed it yesterday and took picture today.
Her abdomen is a bit swollen too.

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By Antwedgle
#16059
I wouldn't worry about the swolen gaster, she laid her eggs fine so it's unlikely there's anything nasty going on. It's probably just the sugar water.
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By Leafcutter
#16060
It is normal, she's either had a lot of sugar water to drink or become physogastric (meaning she will lay lots of eggs soon).
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By MoonAnts
#16527
Lasius Niger

Not much going on here. She'll probably hibernate without any nantics but that's fine.

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Doing good


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Lasius Flavus (?)

Last time I checked (2 days ago) she only had larvae and eggs but now...

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... Pupae! I don't know how many bc I don't want to disturb her for too long but I'm still happy! :party:
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By MoonAnts
#17455
Lasius Flavus (?)

I hadn't had checked on my queen for a week and decided to take a look today.

~ I'm currently in the state of preparing for hibernation and checking if my Incubator is working right. ~

Well, when I checked I saw...

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... the first nantics eclosed! :-D
... I'm reeeeally excited and hope they'll survive their hibernation.

Any tips on using Incubators? I have the Lucky Reptile Herp Nursery II plus two thermo-/hygrometers. Thanks! :)
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By Zoron
#17458
Looks like Lasius Flavus has a yellowish rust color
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By MoonAnts
#17749
~ Short Update ~
Both of my colonies are hibernating now.
My last Incubator was broken so I got a new one. It works perfectly fine and the ants are doing good! :)
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By MoonAnts
#23303
~ Long time no see! ~

I don't have my Lasius niger queen anymore because I gave her to a friend. I heard she's doing good.

My Lasius flavus colony had a turbulent year. She made it to 23 workers but lost 19 in an accident. So far she has worked her way up to 11 workers (again). The colony lives in a soil set up with their chambers deep into the soil. Of Course out of eyesight. :P

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