Luring queen out of nest?

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PeskyAnt
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Luring queen out of nest?

Post: # 21310Post PeskyAnt
Wed May 17, 2017 8:46 pm

Hey AC fam, I'm currently living in Perth, Western Australia, and the only ant species that I have come across is the invasive coastal brown ant. I was wondering whether it would be possible to lure one or more queen ants from their original nest by providing them with perfect living conditions and a constant food supply? If it were to work, what signs would I look for to notice a queen in the artificial habitat?
All help is welcome, thanks guys

JackPayne
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Re: Luring queen out of nest?

Post: # 21317Post JackPayne
Wed May 17, 2017 10:01 pm

Your best bet is to wait until nuptial flight, luring queens is pretty uncommon and near to impossible.
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Martialis
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Re: Luring queen out of nest?

Post: # 21318Post Martialis
Wed May 17, 2017 10:06 pm

I assume you mean argentine ants?

Linepithema humile mates in nest and doesn't have nuptial flights in their introduced range.
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PeskyAnt
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Re: Luring queen out of nest?

Post: # 21319Post PeskyAnt
Wed May 17, 2017 10:35 pm

Yes I think that's right, Argentine ants. From what I've read that they create super colonies, and that one of several queens will leave the nest to create a new one, there's hope right?

JackPayne
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Re: Luring queen out of nest?

Post: # 21321Post JackPayne
Wed May 17, 2017 10:55 pm

PeskyAnt wrote:
Wed May 17, 2017 10:35 pm
Yes I think that's right, Argentine ants. From what I've read that they create super colonies, and that one of several queens will leave the nest to create a new one, there's hope right?
Luring really isn't a solid idea, waiting for nuptial is your best bet. Or alternatively check the GAN project for a seller near you.
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