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warhawk373
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Queen Question

Post: # 19779Post warhawk373
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:03 pm

Is there a way to tell if the queen I caught is fertile? Like will she get rid of her wings soon or something if she is? Should I just keep looking for queens in-case she isn't?

I found her wandering on a sidewalk by herself in the morning. She didn't try to fly away or anything so I assumed she was looking for a place to make a nest.

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Queen Question

Post: # 19780Post Batspiderfish
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:18 pm

We know of no way to tell except after it is too late, when her brood develop into layabout males.
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warhawk373
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Re: Queen Question

Post: # 19782Post warhawk373
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:40 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Thu Apr 20, 2017 7:18 pm
We know of no way to tell except after it is too late, when her brood develop into layabout males.
Oh so they lay eggs even if they are infertile, they are just only males? If I get a male from the same species and put him in the test tube will it force them to mate? (haha I know that sounds weird but if it works then I'm game)

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Re: Queen Question

Post: # 19784Post Batspiderfish
Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:04 pm

It definitely doesn't work for a vast majority of species. I don't mean to imply that "infertile" is synonymous with "unmated" but literally nobody in ant keeping has ever been able to prove that infertility is why their queen failed.
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Re: Queen Question

Post: # 19831Post idahoantgirl
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:35 pm

Yeah putting a male in with your queen could never work :D
Proverbs 6:6-8

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.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Lasius Neoniger

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