Odd Fire Ant Behavior

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PTasker15
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Odd Fire Ant Behavior

Post: # 33242Post PTasker15
Sun Dec 17, 2017 11:59 am

So Recently I Had A Brillant Idea..Went Something Like This.
  • Catch Female Alates From Various Colonies
    Catch Males From Various Colonies
    Steal Workers From A Colony
    Mix Them Together
    Profit
Although...
It Went Right..Somewhat
The Alates Mated.....
Except One...
I Noticed The Ants SWARMING And Grooming Her..
2 Days Pass
That One That Was Swarmed Dies.Although They Still SWARM And Groom Her Leaving All Other 9 Queens With Like 4 Or 5 Workers Per...Here's The Logic
Tends To One Dead Queen
Leaves Alone Fertile Queens To Die

Idea's? :D :lol: :lol:
Colonies:
1 Tetramourium Binarcairtum
1 Crematogaster Biroi
Founding:
3 Camponotus Deciepens
7 Camponotus Ceastaus
1 Strumigenys Rogeri
1 Dormyrmex Bureni
6 Nylanderia Terricola
4 Brachymyrmex Pataginicus
Dream Species-Atta Texana

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PenguinAntKeeper
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Location: Toronto, ON

Re: Odd Fire Ant Behavior

Post: # 33243Post PenguinAntKeeper
Sun Dec 17, 2017 1:12 pm

This could have worked if you separated the queens after they mated, but with no workers, but it likely would not have gone as well as catching an actual nuptial queen. :?
Hibernating: (all)

Parasitic Lasius:2

Founding:
Tetramorium Immigrans:2

Colonies:
Tetramorium Immigrans:1
Formica Spp:3

I'm new to ant keeping so my colonies are all still in test tubes. :roll: :?

idahoantgirl
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Location: Idaho, USA

Re: Odd Fire Ant Behavior

Post: # 33248Post idahoantgirl
Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:24 pm

I doubt they actually mated. Mating ants in captivity just doesn't work in most cases.Some people claim to have done it, but I am pretty skeptical.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

PTasker15
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Re: Odd Fire Ant Behavior

Post: # 33274Post PTasker15
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:34 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:24 pm
I doubt they actually mated. Mating ants in captivity just doesn't work in most cases.Some people claim to have done it, but I am pretty skeptical.
I've Seen Them Rip Off Wings And Lay Eggs.Plus There's Now A Pile Of Dead Males And Wings
Colonies:
1 Tetramourium Binarcairtum
1 Crematogaster Biroi
Founding:
3 Camponotus Deciepens
7 Camponotus Ceastaus
1 Strumigenys Rogeri
1 Dormyrmex Bureni
6 Nylanderia Terricola
4 Brachymyrmex Pataginicus
Dream Species-Atta Texana

idahoantgirl
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Location: Idaho, USA

Re: Odd Fire Ant Behavior

Post: # 33276Post idahoantgirl
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:41 pm

PTasker15 wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:34 pm
idahoantgirl wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:24 pm
I doubt they actually mated. Mating ants in captivity just doesn't work in most cases.Some people claim to have done it, but I am pretty skeptical.
I've Seen Them Rip Off Wings And Lay Eggs.Plus There's Now A Pile Of Dead Males And Wings
I still doubt it. Sometimes queens will rip off their wings and lay eggs that don't develop, or they do develop into useless male drones. Keep us posted.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

PTasker15
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Location: Crosby,TX

Re: Odd Fire Ant Behavior

Post: # 33334Post PTasker15
Mon Jan 01, 2018 11:05 am

idahoantgirl wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:41 pm
PTasker15 wrote:
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:34 pm
idahoantgirl wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:24 pm
I doubt they actually mated. Mating ants in captivity just doesn't work in most cases.Some people claim to have done it, but I am pretty skeptical.
I've Seen Them Rip Off Wings And Lay Eggs.Plus There's Now A Pile Of Dead Males And Wings
I still doubt it. Sometimes queens will rip off their wings and lay eggs that don't develop, or they do develop into useless male drones. Keep us posted.
She Has Workers..And Two Solders...
Colonies:
1 Tetramourium Binarcairtum
1 Crematogaster Biroi
Founding:
3 Camponotus Deciepens
7 Camponotus Ceastaus
1 Strumigenys Rogeri
1 Dormyrmex Bureni
6 Nylanderia Terricola
4 Brachymyrmex Pataginicus
Dream Species-Atta Texana

PTasker15
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Location: Crosby,TX

Re: Odd Fire Ant Behavior

Post: # 33352Post PTasker15
Wed Jan 03, 2018 4:04 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Sun Dec 17, 2017 3:24 pm
I doubt they actually mated. Mating ants in captivity just doesn't work in most cases.Some people claim to have done it, but I am pretty skeptical.
Here's Proof
https://youtu.be/EFjazGbuSm0
Colonies:
1 Tetramourium Binarcairtum
1 Crematogaster Biroi
Founding:
3 Camponotus Deciepens
7 Camponotus Ceastaus
1 Strumigenys Rogeri
1 Dormyrmex Bureni
6 Nylanderia Terricola
4 Brachymyrmex Pataginicus
Dream Species-Atta Texana

Gavinthesheep1234567
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Re: Odd Fire Ant Behavior

Post: # 33353Post Gavinthesheep1234567
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:10 pm

Cool
Keeper of
Camponotus noveboracensis 1
L neoniger X 2
Camponotus Pennsulvancus 1

As Mike would say it's Ant Love Forever :D

Gavinthesheep1234567
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Re: Odd Fire Ant Behavior

Post: # 33354Post Gavinthesheep1234567
Wed Jan 03, 2018 5:11 pm

I've been waiting for some one to do something like this
Keeper of
Camponotus noveboracensis 1
L neoniger X 2
Camponotus Pennsulvancus 1

As Mike would say it's Ant Love Forever :D

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Re: Odd Fire Ant Behavior

Post: # 33370Post Gavinthesheep1234567
Thu Jan 04, 2018 1:41 pm

Here's my idea of an ant breeding setup people have gotten pretty close to needing ants in captivity e.g. there captive ant colony's produce queens and males but ant colonies will not inbreed so eventually the unmated queens/males die so I thought if you put two ant colonies in one large aquarium with a divider in the middle that goes partway up the inside of the aquarium the ant colonies can smell each other but not fight each other then come mating season the males / queens in both colonies can fly up and mate then fly back down and their keeper can try to pick as many as they can before their one ant colonies kill them
Keeper of
Camponotus noveboracensis 1
L neoniger X 2
Camponotus Pennsulvancus 1

As Mike would say it's Ant Love Forever :D

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