i'm struggling to find any queens

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madmax
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i'm struggling to find any queens

Post: # 55697Post madmax
Tue Feb 05, 2019 4:20 am

I'm from South Borneo n i dont really know how to find queens cz i dont know when is the time they do the nuptial flight in here. N i did walking around to find them but i found nothing

i hope someone can gimme some advice cz i'm SUPER NEW to this ant keeping thing

sorry for my bad english :D

harvesterant
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Re: i'm struggling to find any queens

Post: # 55700Post harvesterant
Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:55 am

Okay then, ants have nuptial flights in the summer mainly (Flying ant day). You can only catch queens on these days or soon after them. You are most likely to only manage that in the summer. If you do not want to wait, you can always just buy an ant queen from somebody else who caught it. Do not catch queens near nests.

I hope these videos help

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWSIe5iZk3Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3Kd8IqAiRI

madmax
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Re: i'm struggling to find any queens

Post: # 55794Post madmax
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:49 am

thank u, i'm about to look around more this afternoon. hopefully i can find my first queen :)

harvesterant
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Re: i'm struggling to find any queens

Post: # 55795Post harvesterant
Sat Feb 09, 2019 3:04 am

Hopefully, but you will struggle to find queens unless it is the time of the nuptial flights

madmax
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Re: i'm struggling to find any queens

Post: # 55796Post madmax
Sat Feb 09, 2019 4:36 am

i found an ant with wings! but idk if she was fertile or not. how long do we need to wait until she lay her eggs?

harvesterant
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Re: i'm struggling to find any queens

Post: # 55800Post harvesterant
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:41 am

Congratulations on catching your first queen!

Some lay eggs within days of their capture, others take weeks. You need to identify the queen to see if it is fully or semi claustral. If it is semi-claustral, remember to feed it.

It is important to keep it in the dark, or it may not lay eggs.

madmax
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Re: i'm struggling to find any queens

Post: # 55807Post madmax
Sun Feb 10, 2019 4:46 am

harvesterant wrote:
Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:41 am
Congratulations on catching your first queen!

Some lay eggs within days of their capture, others take weeks. You need to identify the queen to see if it is fully or semi claustral. If it is semi-claustral, remember to feed it.

It is important to keep it in the dark, or it may not lay eggs.
can u help me to id my queen? so i can dig for more info bout her

harvesterant
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Re: i'm struggling to find any queens

Post: # 55808Post harvesterant
Sun Feb 10, 2019 5:11 am

Sorry, I am bad at identifying queens, I hope somebody else can help.

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