Alates mating in dishes?

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SpeciesK
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Alates mating in dishes?

Post: # 16423Post SpeciesK
Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:05 am

I ended up at a video online

where they had caught a lot of "princess" and "drone" ants and put a princess and three drones in a petri dish and it showed the princess get hyper and then find a drone, it attaching to her and mating, and even the male seemingly in the process of dying right afterwards. Then the queen tore off its wings in the dish.
If I caught a lot of alates and put them in dishes then will they mate right there in the dish without flying?
That would maybe be a lot easier than trying to find a separate queen wandering around...

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Re: Alates mating in dishes?

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Wed Jan 25, 2017 2:14 am


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Re: Alates mating in dishes?

Post: # 16439Post AntsNewZealand
Wed Jan 25, 2017 1:13 pm

Wow thats really cool

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Nathant
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Re: Alates mating in dishes?

Post: # 16442Post Nathant
Wed Jan 25, 2017 3:23 pm

Very interesting.
Beginner ant keeper in New England!

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-1x Lasius claviger (1 queen)
-3x Lasius umbratus OR speculiventris (all of one queen)
-9x other unidentified Lasius (all of one queen)
-1x Camponotus pennsylvanicus (1 queen)

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