Green-head ants (Rhytidoponera metallica)

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baudymaudy
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Green-head ants (Rhytidoponera metallica)

Post: # 11424Post baudymaudy
Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:31 am

Hiya guys!

I'm a beginning ant-keeper from Australia and wanted to get some advice/information that anyone might have for keeping the above species ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green-head_ant ). From what I understand of the species, all the female workers are gamergates, which means they can all reproduce with winged males. So how does this effect starting a colony in a formicarium?

Should I still attempt to collect queens during their nuptial flights as I do with other species, or is there a better way to go about it? Should I attempt to find female worker (the gamergates) that have mated and establish a colony from there?

Any advice would be awesome! :)

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Re: Green-head ants (Rhytidoponera metallica)

Post: # 11441Post Martialis
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:09 am

baudymaudy wrote:Hiya guys!

I'm a beginning ant-keeper from Australia and wanted to get some advice/information that anyone might have for keeping the above species ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green-head_ant ). From what I understand of the species, all the female workers are gamergates, which means they can all reproduce with winged males. So how does this effect starting a colony in a formicarium?

Should I still attempt to collect queens during their nuptial flights as I do with other species, or is there a better way to go about it? Should I attempt to find female worker (the gamergates) that have mated and establish a colony from there?

Any advice would be awesome! :)
I'd do it. :) From what I've read, gamergates only reproduce if the queen dies.
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Re: Green-head ants (Rhytidoponera metallica)

Post: # 14856Post Aussie
Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:30 am

I know this is a little old but I really want to start a colony of these and there are many around my house so I did a bit of research and found out the same thing.

I also read that queens are extremely rare and becoming more rare each year, apparently most colonies in the wild are actually queen less!

However I think I may have gotten lucky and found a queen or a mated worker as it was alone and attempting to burrow itself into a small crevice.

Does anyone here have experience keeping these ants or any similar species?

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Re: Green-head ants (Rhytidoponera metallica)

Post: # 21325Post JackPayne
Thu May 18, 2017 6:59 am

Hi, sorry for bringing up an old topic, but howd the possible queen go? And does anyone have any tips on Green headed ants? Mainly when the rough estimates for their nuptial flights are?

Thanks.
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