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AntLove4Ever
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Need help asap!

Post: # 16948Post AntLove4Ever
Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:08 pm

Alright so I recently found 3 winged queens and 13 male drones but they were all only around 15 feet from the nest and I doubt they are mated. I put them all in a tub together, but haven't seen any mating. Will they successfully mate even if they are the same colony? I know it varies from species to species, I have rover ants so do those interbreed? Thx!

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Post: # 16951Post Martialis
Fri Feb 10, 2017 5:35 am

If you want them ID'd, we need pictures and measurements.
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Re: Need help asap!

Post: # 17060Post Sponge
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:24 am

AntLove4Ever wrote:
Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:08 pm
Alright so I recently found 3 winged queens and 13 male drones but they were all only around 15 feet from the nest and I doubt they are mated. I put them all in a tub together, but haven't seen any mating. Will they successfully mate even if they are the same colony? I know it varies from species to species, I have rover ants so do those interbreed? Thx!
I'm not very experienced with ants yet so please take a second opinion but I remember hearing on the AntsCanada Youtube that ants only mate during their nuptial flight so I don't think they would mate in a tub. He also mentioned there certain environmental factors too so even if you tub is big enough they still might not mate.

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Post: # 17075Post AntLove4Ever
Mon Feb 13, 2017 4:35 pm

Sponge wrote:
Mon Feb 13, 2017 10:24 am
AntLove4Ever wrote:
Thu Feb 09, 2017 11:08 pm
Alright so I recently found 3 winged queens and 13 male drones but they were all only around 15 feet from the nest and I doubt they are mated. I put them all in a tub together, but haven't seen any mating. Will they successfully mate even if they are the same colony? I know it varies from species to species, I have rover ants so do those interbreed? Thx!
I'm not very experienced with ants yet so please take a second opinion but I remember hearing on the AntsCanada Youtube that ants only mate during their nuptial flight so I don't think they would mate in a tub. He also mentioned there certain environmental factors too so even if you tub is big enough they still might not mate.
Yes thank you. I am aware they will not mate in captivity, but what I was wondering is if they could have mated with nest mates, because they were found flying fairly close to the nest.

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Post: # 17081Post KingKyle26
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:11 pm

If they were flying, they wouldn't have already mated.
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Post: # 17093Post Martialis
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:43 pm

KingKyle26 wrote:
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:11 pm
If they were flying, they wouldn't have already mated.
Not necessarily.
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Post: # 17119Post KingKyle26
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:30 am

Martialis wrote:
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:43 pm
KingKyle26 wrote:
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:11 pm
If they were flying, they wouldn't have already mated.
Not necessarily.
They could have mated while flying yes, but he was asking if they would have already mated inside the colony. If the queens were mated, then it would have been during that flight.
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Re: Need help asap!

Post: # 17120Post Martialis
Tue Feb 14, 2017 6:49 am

KingKyle26 wrote:
Tue Feb 14, 2017 5:30 am
Martialis wrote:
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:43 pm
KingKyle26 wrote:
Mon Feb 13, 2017 5:11 pm
If they were flying, they wouldn't have already mated.
Not necessarily.
They could have mated while flying yes, but he was asking if they would have already mated inside the colony. If the queens were mated, then it would have been during that flight.
Okay, I see what you're saying.
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Post: # 17133Post AntsSA
Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:40 pm

Usually in my experience
Ants that mate inside the nest either stay there or go with a group of workers to a new location.
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Post: # 17135Post Martialis
Tue Feb 14, 2017 3:21 pm

AntsSA wrote:
Tue Feb 14, 2017 12:40 pm
Usually in my experience
Ants that mate inside the nest either stay there or go with a group of workers to a new location.
That's exactly what they do. When they move, they take brood and workers with them in a process called "budding".
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