Young worker foraging?

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idahoantgirl
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Young worker foraging?

Post: # 19343Post idahoantgirl
Thu Apr 13, 2017 1:12 pm

S I have noticed lately that several pale workers have been foraging along with my dark workers. Is this normal for my tetramorium species? There are at least 150 ants in my setup.
Proverbs 6:6-11

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

jwatson16202
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Re: Young worker foraging?

Post: # 19345Post jwatson16202
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:25 pm

i thought it was unusual in ant colonies for the youngest workers to be out and foraging
I can hardly say I'm an expert though so I'm probably wrong :P
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Martialis
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Re: Young worker foraging?

Post: # 19346Post Martialis
Thu Apr 13, 2017 2:34 pm

I've had the same experience in a much younger colony. That's quite interesting.
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idahoantgirl
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Re: Young worker foraging?

Post: # 19598Post idahoantgirl
Mon Apr 17, 2017 9:09 pm

hmm. I wonder why.
Proverbs 6:6-11

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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