myrmica queen found outside her own nest

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Brentywenty
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myrmica queen found outside her own nest

Post: # 35095Post Brentywenty
Sat Apr 14, 2018 9:48 am

I was looking, for once again, at one of the nests in my garden today when I suddenly saw a queen walk out of the nest. She walked about four meters away from her nest and didn't seem to return to her nest. Ok, so first of all: most of the myrmica species are polygynous, so there would normally be more queens still in that nest. Secondly: I had a queen of the exact same species, but she died :cry: . So I caught her. But I'm questioning some things, like if it's allowed to take queens from another nest even if there would be other queens. That I don't disrupt the eco-system. And why that queen just walked out of her nest like that. There already were workers, so she normally didn't have to catch her food herself anymore.

Thanks if you could respond on my questions.
Brentywenty :mrgreen:
Ants: So small, such difference they make! :shock:

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antnest8
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Re: myrmica queen found outside her own nest

Post: # 35100Post antnest8
Sat Apr 14, 2018 11:41 am

if the queen just left it would fair game is suppose and that happened when i looked at my prenolepis imparis colony in my backyard one of their queens poked it head out and then when't back in when i walked over to it
almost one year of ant keeping :D

keeping:
a restarting camponotus queen
one crematogaster queen
and a bunch of lasius umbratus queens (to lazy to count them all) :lol:

Brentywenty
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Re: myrmica queen found outside her own nest

Post: # 35107Post Brentywenty
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:02 pm

So I should just take it for myself then. Thanks for the response. :D
Ants: So small, such difference they make! :shock:

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Lasius flavus
Lasius cf. niger
Myrmica cf. rubra

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antnest8
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Re: myrmica queen found outside her own nest

Post: # 35113Post antnest8
Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:55 pm

yeah the colony would never have let the actual queen (or a really fertile queen) outside. if the queen is a reject she would most likely die on her own.
almost one year of ant keeping :D

keeping:
a restarting camponotus queen
one crematogaster queen
and a bunch of lasius umbratus queens (to lazy to count them all) :lol:

Stickman10
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Re: myrmica queen found outside her own nest

Post: # 35228Post Stickman10
Fri Apr 20, 2018 1:00 pm

what if it didn't have wings?

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antnest8
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Re: myrmica queen found outside her own nest

Post: # 35230Post antnest8
Fri Apr 20, 2018 2:11 pm

if the queen did not have wings and it came out of the nest when their is no nuptial flight the queen is most likely fertile but just not enough for the wild colony
almost one year of ant keeping :D

keeping:
a restarting camponotus queen
one crematogaster queen
and a bunch of lasius umbratus queens (to lazy to count them all) :lol:

Stickman10
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Re: myrmica queen found outside her own nest

Post: # 35328Post Stickman10
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:46 pm

sweet

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Re: myrmica queen found outside her own nest

Post: # 35360Post Stickman10
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:01 am

It layed eggs after 9 days.

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