I found a QUEEN!

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idahoantgirl
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Re: I found a QUEEN!

Post: # 31703Post idahoantgirl
Fri Sep 22, 2017 9:45 pm

No. Ants mate in flight, and only when the right pheremones are in the air.
Proverbs 6:6-8

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.

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Jessewitt60
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Re: I found a QUEEN!

Post: # 31732Post Jessewitt60
Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:30 pm

I came back today and one of my fire ant queens was wingless! I can see one of the males has died. I'm hopeful that she is now mated. Also one of my other queens has only one wing. I separated out the one with no wings and left the rest all mixed together

Jessewitt60
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Re: I found a QUEEN!

Post: # 31733Post Jessewitt60
Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:44 pm

But other than is she mated or not I need more help:( lol I put everything I have into a big plastic jug full of sand the unmated queens, the male alates, the workers that came with the queens ect. The sand was all different Colours I bought it from the store. When I opened the container tonight I cough like a paint smell. I now wonder if this sand is ok for my ants. That is why I separated the one wingless queen just now. I don't really have other containers available yet.

Jessewitt60
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Re: I found a QUEEN!

Post: # 31734Post Jessewitt60
Sat Sep 23, 2017 8:45 pm

The whole container has a paint smell now

idahoantgirl
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Re: I found a QUEEN!

Post: # 31739Post idahoantgirl
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:21 pm

That sand is probably not good for your ants and may be toxic. shedding wings does not mean she is fertile. She will not breed in a test tube. It is highly unlikely that she is mated. you can hang on to her if you want to, but she probably isnt.
Proverbs 6:6-8

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.

Keeper of Tetramorium Immigrans, Lasius Neoniger

Jessewitt60
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Location: Alabama

Re: I found a QUEEN!

Post: # 31741Post Jessewitt60
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:46 pm

Ok I took them all out changed back to just regular dirt for now then put them all back in

Jessewitt60
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Re: I found a QUEEN!

Post: # 31742Post Jessewitt60
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:47 pm

I seen a video of ants breeding in captivity I'm hoping that my ants have done that as well.

Jessewitt60
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Re: I found a QUEEN!

Post: # 31744Post Jessewitt60
Sat Sep 23, 2017 9:50 pm

I have them in a much bigger container than a test tube. It's like a 1 gallon jug. There may be 10 workers, 5 unmated queens, one queen I suspect is mated, and 3 alate males left alive as of now

af4545
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Re: I found a QUEEN!

Post: # 31754Post af4545
Sun Sep 24, 2017 4:25 am

Jessewitt60 wrote:
Fri Sep 22, 2017 7:14 pm
Ok I found some male alate of the same type of ant and I put them in with the inmates queens. Will this work?
maybe but very likely not unforntunatly
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AntsOnTheCoast
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Re: I found a QUEEN!

Post: # 31980Post AntsOnTheCoast
Mon Oct 02, 2017 4:35 am

1. Don't take workers or brood from existing ant colonies from the wild.

2. You can do 'brood boosting', which is taking brood from a dead queen that you have caught. Afterwards, you place the brood in another queen's setup and they will possibly adopt the new eggs.

3. You can capture alates and unmated queens of the same species and place them together for them to mate. However, if you take them from the same general area, they could possibly be related.

4. Don't know what you're doing with the big container but anyways, don't place queen ants from different colonies in the same place together. They could fight.

5. Love ants! Good luck mate!

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