What to do about hatched males and virgin queens

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robster1012
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What to do about hatched males and virgin queens

Post: # 71254Post robster1012
Tue Jun 09, 2020 1:06 pm

I recently caught a young wild colony of Tapinoma Sessile and have been keeping them in a formicarium I bought. I only caught a handful of workers, brood, and one queen, but so far the nest has been stable. Recently, the first batch of pupae emerged as full ants, but they were all winged. I was really hoping for workers to take the load off of the 12 workers I had, but now these drones and virgin queens are just sitting there taking up food. What should I do? Should I wait for it to rain and then try to get them to fly out outside or should I just let them die in the formicarium (as bad as that sounds)?

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Re: What to do about hatched males and virgin queens

Post: # 71420Post MollysAnts
Sat Jun 13, 2020 4:51 am

If it is a native species, let them have their nuptial flight. You could put the setup in a shed or next to an open window (Obviously with some way to keep the queen and workers from escaping) , and let them fly off. I'd like to know how they got on! :D

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