Nuptial flights in captivity

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LadyManga
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Nuptial flights in captivity

Post: # 61301Post LadyManga
Mon Jul 22, 2019 10:43 am

I know this is a ways off in my future but the topic came to mind so I thought I'd throw it out to the wisdom of the Hive Mind:
How does one deal with nuptial flights in captivity??
I imagine it's different between an open, naturalistic habitat and an enclosed one, but how does it work?
I remember seeing Mikey B using LED lights in one enclosure to attract the allates from another in his paludarium setups, but how would you do it with a more traditional, enclosed formicarium?
Can you breed them in some way, or is that pointless because they need to find members of a different colony??
I'm sure there will be more questions branching off from this but I'll start with these for now.

Thanks everyone
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> Queen Antigone - claustral stage - no eggs

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Re: Nuptial flights in captivity

Post: # 61304Post Vincex
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:16 am

Hi manga I'm sure it can be controlled by keeping heat lower , it's normally triggered by hot weather so keeping the heat constant shout stop the nuptial flight ! I think😅
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Re: Nuptial flights in captivity

Post: # 61306Post LadyManga
Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:36 am

Ah, okies, good to know. Thank you :D
2 x Lasius niger queens
> Queen Antoinette - claustral stage - ~15 nanitics + brood
> Queen Antonia - claustral stage - ~10 nanitics + brood
1 x Tetramorium caespitum queen
> Queen Antigone - claustral stage - no eggs

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