Migrating Queen

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Migrating Queen

Post: # 34911Post Tethiner
Sat Apr 07, 2018 9:08 am

We have been getting a lot of rain here and all the Sol. Inv. are moving nests from flooded areas. An entire field of nests re-located from a to across the street. Approximately 20-30 nests....guessing an average of 1000 ants each. 20,000+ ants on the move. All headed in the same direction! Uphill and across the sidewalk. Fresh nests everywhere!

Not at that location, in fact right in front of my house, I saw a trail of Sol. Inv. along the curb. Oddly, a queen was with them, but maybe not? It was headed in the same direction as the rest. Most of the ants were on top of the curb, however a few workers and the queen were at the base in the street. There were small and large workers around but nothing within 1-1.5 feet from the queen. She was exposed....on the move.....completely without any escort? Is this normal behavior?

The simplest explanation is I am being silly and its just a major, but I have verified 100% a queen.
Was the proximity of the migrating nest with the queen a coincidence?
Sol. Inv. are polygynous, so could this have been a minor queen?
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