Post by batspiderfish on Sept 8, 2012 17:54:44 GMT
Lasius latipes has had their flight in Maine recently. I have captured 5 partially-dealated queens, and introduced those to a number of Lasius umbratus host workers. If they survive past a week and a half (they are notoriously difficult to get started), then I will start a journal for them here. I could well be the only person who keeps this species, if I succeed.
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Post by batspiderfish on Sept 11, 2012 14:05:17 GMT
Well, no queen deaths so far (at this point, I'm not going to be surprised if all five queens survive for a long period of time.) There is apparent trophallaxis behavior between the queens and workers. Unlike my Lasius subumbratus, the L. latipes queens don't seem very interested in each other.
I am reunited with my camera, so there should be some photographs within the week.