Capturing queens at the nest entrance

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RvBVakama
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Capturing queens at the nest entrance

Post: # 57030Post RvBVakama
Sat Apr 06, 2019 4:28 am

If I were to capture a big headed (pheidole I think) drone and queen at the nest entrance and put them both in a test tube, would they mate? would this be a bad idea (interbreeding, although I've read some ants do this)? would they ignore eachother? if a colony was started, would they have problems due to the interbreeding. or perhaps they wouldn't mate and instead just have drones?

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Re: Capturing queens at the nest entrance

Post: # 57059Post JoeHostile1
Mon Apr 08, 2019 8:21 am

When ants have nuptial flights it is so they can mate with other colonies. So if you saw males and females coming out of the nest that means they are preparing for a nuptial flight. If they could just mate inside the nest than they would have no reason to just come to the surface for you grab them.

But if you see them preparing for a flight they usually don’t have to fly very far to meet up with another nest. Sometimes you can see them all gathering a block away or so.
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