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JustCliff
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Alate Questions

Post: # 37138Post JustCliff
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:27 pm

This is my first post I hope this on the right board.
I have some questions that I can't seem to find answers for, sorry if these questions were asked or easily found, I did a search here and googled but I'm no closer to a sure answer.

I have two temnothorax curvispinosus colonies and live 10 minutes away from a seemingly unlimited number of these colonies. Both were established colonies that I found in acorns around late May so I don't know the exact age of the colony, Temnothorax seems to have their nuptial flights around July-Aug., I can see a few pupae (3-4 currently out in the open) that look like they're queen alates.

Questions;
When do colonies begin producing alates? Are there cases of alates being produced in the first or second year?
I've heard once that one gender is produced before the other, are queen alates or male alates produced first?
Will a colony ever produce both genders in one season?

I'm hoping one of the colonies will produce males and the other queens, if this doesn't happen I'm going to capture male elates if I come across them and attempt to help these princesses become queens.

My last question is that if I capture males, what is the best way to go about encouraging their mating?

Ex. Should I be putting one male and one princess together separate? Should I add all the males together and put in one princess at a time? Do they have to be in the "mood" to mate or are the weather queues just so they know when to fly? Will they mate without the proper flight queues if they meet the opposite gender from another colony?

Thank you ahead of time for any insight that can be given.

Something to look at while reading this long post. (One of the temnothorax colonies mentioned above)
https://ibb.co/j3fR7o
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Temnothorax Curvispinosus

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Camponotus Pennsylvanicus

JustCliff
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Re: Alate Questions

Post: # 37599Post JustCliff
Wed Jun 13, 2018 11:31 am

I will continue to update this if I happen to discover the answer to any of my questions, maybe someone else is also curious.
JustCliff wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:27 pm
Will a colony ever produce both genders in one season?
A colony, or at least temnothorax curvispinosis, can in fact produce males and female in the same season.

A picture of a male (blue) and a princess (yellow) https://ibb.co/d8qjLJ
Currently more males than princesses, they like to hang out on the ceiling of their nest. https://ibb.co/jxuB0J
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Temnothorax Curvispinosus

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Camponotus Pennsylvanicus

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