Breeding ants

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Cal113
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Breeding ants

Post: # 18335Post Cal113
Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:16 pm

Hi, I'm new to antfarming, but is it possible that if you have two queens from different colonies that when they produce alates that you can take those alates and mate them and then sell those possibly for the GAN project?
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x3 Tetramorium queens; (founding)
x1 Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

jwatson16202
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Re: Breeding ants

Post: # 18338Post jwatson16202
Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:05 pm

It's unlikely that ants in captivity will receive environmental cues for nuptial flights
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2 x Lasius niger colonies (1 founding)
1 x Myrmica rubra colony
1 x Lasius flavus (fouding)

jwatson16202
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Re: Breeding ants

Post: # 18339Post jwatson16202
Mon Mar 20, 2017 7:05 pm

Also ants mate in flight, how are you likely to contain them?
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2 x Lasius niger colonies (1 founding)
1 x Myrmica rubra colony
1 x Lasius flavus (fouding)

idahoantgirl
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Re: Breeding ants

Post: # 18348Post idahoantgirl
Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:44 pm

Short answer, no. Ants often fly a ways away from the nest to mate.
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.

Martialis
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Re: Breeding ants

Post: # 18350Post Martialis
Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:06 pm

Artificial insemination of ants is possible but requires precise tools to induce mating.
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Formica sp.

Tetramorium caespitum

Camponotus chromaiodes

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Cal113
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Re: Breeding ants

Post: # 18387Post Cal113
Tue Mar 21, 2017 8:23 pm

What if you gave the normal environmental ques(as much as possible) like watering the formicarium to simulate rain? Then you closed the windows and isolated the ants to a room? I'd this a possibility?
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x3 Tetramorium queens; (founding)
x1 Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

jwatson16202
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Re: Breeding ants

Post: # 18388Post jwatson16202
Tue Mar 21, 2017 9:20 pm

Still very unlikely
It's not just rainfall, there's temperature, humidity, some suggestions of pheromonal cues from neighbouring colonies
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2 x Lasius niger colonies (1 founding)
1 x Myrmica rubra colony
1 x Lasius flavus (fouding)

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