Do workers latch on to elates before they fly off?

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Micmanisenchicken
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Do workers latch on to elates before they fly off?

Post: # 25817Post Micmanisenchicken
Thu Jul 20, 2017 4:43 pm

Is it possible for workers to latch on to elates before they fly off?
I found a queen, put her in a test tube and a couple days later found a worker in the same test tube. I can't figure out how the worker got in there. Any ideas?

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Aquaexploder
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Re: Do workers latch on to elates before they fly off?

Post: # 25841Post Aquaexploder
Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:10 pm

No clue, but my best guess is that you collected the worker by accident when collecting the queen. If I were you I would separate them.
Founding:

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)

Tetramorium (x2)

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Re: Do workers latch on to elates before they fly off?

Post: # 25878Post ACaseoftheMondays
Thu Jul 20, 2017 9:29 pm

A stowaway.
Founding:
Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis
Solenopsis Molesta
Formica Argentea
Lasius Flavus
Colonies:
Tetramorium sp.E

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Re: Do workers latch on to elates before they fly off?

Post: # 25899Post Batspiderfish
Thu Jul 20, 2017 11:13 pm

Yes, this happens every once in a while, especially with small species like the Solenopsis thief ants. The extra worker should be a boon to your queen.
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