When do queen ants lose their wings

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EthanRobinson
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When do queen ants lose their wings

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Fri Jan 27, 2017 9:16 am

When do queen ants lose their wings

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Re: When do queen ants lose their wings

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Fri Jan 27, 2017 11:32 am

There's no specific time in which ants remove their wings. It may be when they land, when they dig their chamber, or maybe the workers will remove them.
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Re: When do queen ants lose their wings

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Sat Jan 28, 2017 7:01 am

There's no general rule. Some queen remove them even though they are infertile and some queens keep them for a lifetime even after they established a massive colony.
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Re: When do queen ants lose their wings

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Fri Feb 03, 2017 6:52 pm

EthanRobinson wrote:When do queen ants lose their wings
Really, when they need to. Usually soon after making her chambers.

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Re: When do queen ants lose their wings

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Fri Feb 03, 2017 7:05 pm

Research has found that female alates will usually remove their wings after seperation from their colony. This doesnt always occur but is common.
- Rhytidoponera metallica
- Camponotus consobrinus x2
- Anonychomryma sp.
- Nylanderia sp.
- Melaphorus sp.
- Camponotus cairns
- Crematogaster sp.
- Colobopsis sp.
- Unidentified sp.
- Myrmecia nigrocinta
- Iridomyrmex purpureus
- Camponotus eastwoodi

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