All male ant colony?

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AntLove4Ever
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All male ant colony?

Post: # 16880Post AntLove4Ever
Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:55 pm

So correct me if I'm wrong but, unmated females produce only male drones right? And those drones will eventually tear off their wings and join the colony right? So could an unmated queen raise a colony of all make drones that would perform the tasks of the colony? It may seem far fetched but I wanted to see if anyone knew the answer, and if not I might want to try it out. Thx!

AntLove4Ever
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Re: All male ant colony?

Post: # 16881Post AntLove4Ever
Tue Feb 07, 2017 2:56 pm

Sorry, I mean "all male drones" not "all make drones"

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Martialis
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Re: All male ant colony?

Post: # 16883Post Martialis
Tue Feb 07, 2017 3:03 pm

Drones are incapable of caring for themselves, let alone a queen.
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Tetramorium sp.

Crematogaster sp.

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Ponera pennsylvanica

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Batspiderfish
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Re: All male ant colony?

Post: # 16920Post Batspiderfish
Wed Feb 08, 2017 2:08 pm

Males are basically flying genetic material. They are incapable of surviving on their own and in most cases only live to mate, on one day, before dying.
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colo3000
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Re: All male ant colony?

Post: # 17009Post colo3000
Sun Feb 12, 2017 11:03 am

The male alates are not the ones that join the colony if they cannot go on nuptial flights. They either mate and die or don't mate and die. Their sole purpose is to fertilize a female alate. However, female alates who cannot go on nuptial flights, usually because they're being kept and in a formicarium and outworld, will eventually start carrying out tasks of normal workers.
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