Trap Jaw Gamergates?

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eejayandeuan
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Trap Jaw Gamergates?

Post: # 53292Post eejayandeuan
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:51 pm

Good day everyone!

I read somewhere that some trap jaws are known to have gamergates. I found a colony here in my city in the Philippines (Ondotomachus Simillimus, I guess), and I'm wondering if I could collect just enough number to raise a new colony without a queen. Thanks!

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Re: Trap Jaw Gamergates?

Post: # 53298Post ClashOwenBash
Thu Nov 01, 2018 2:05 am

eejayandeuan wrote:
Wed Oct 31, 2018 6:51 pm
Good day everyone!

I read somewhere that some trap jaws are known to have gamergates. I found a colony here in my city in the Philippines (Ondotomachus Simillimus, I guess), and I'm wondering if I could collect just enough number to raise a new colony without a queen. Thanks!
Gamergates work a lot like monogyne queens. As they try to ensure their the only reproducing ant. Therefore you would need to collect the whole colony so you don't miss the gamergate.
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eejayandeuan
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Re: Trap Jaw Gamergates?

Post: # 53301Post eejayandeuan
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:27 am

Thanks, ClashOwnBash!

I also found this study http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.186.7671&rep=rep1&type=pdf

It was actually done in the mid-90's! The study says that when Odontomachus Simillimus are orphaned, some of the younger workers will acquire strongly developed ovaries and lay eggs! I'm excited to try this one and see if my experiment works. =)

Or is there anyone among you who has already tried this?

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Re: Trap Jaw Gamergates?

Post: # 53311Post AntsDakota
Thu Nov 01, 2018 3:21 pm

eejayandeuan wrote:
Thu Nov 01, 2018 5:27 am
Thanks, ClashOwnBash!

I also found this study http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.186.7671&rep=rep1&type=pdf

It was actually done in the mid-90's! The study says that when Odontomachus Simillimus are orphaned, some of the younger workers will acquire strongly developed ovaries and lay eggs! I'm excited to try this one and see if my experiment works. =)

Or is there anyone among you who has already tried this?
You will need males from another nest in order for the gamergate to lay mated eggs. Unmated eggs will develop into males and the colony will die. (The gamergate cannot mate with her own sons)
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eejayandeuan
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Re: Trap Jaw Gamergates?

Post: # 53313Post eejayandeuan
Thu Nov 01, 2018 6:27 pm

Hi AntsDakota! The study concluded this:

"male production in the absence of the queen was performed by only a limited portion of the workers."

But, yes, I will consider your advice. Thank you so much! :)

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