Is it better catching wingless queens?

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EchoMeter4
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Is it better catching wingless queens?

Post: # 38684Post EchoMeter4
Sat Jun 23, 2018 10:29 pm

So yeah... is it better to catch wingless queens even at night time?

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Re: Is it better catching wingless queens?

Post: # 38696Post AntsLuxembourg
Sun Jun 24, 2018 7:29 am

Hello EchoMeter4,

I think it doesn't make much of a diffrence. It's still just a thing of chances of the queen is furtilized or not. But usually the queen ants break of their wings if they didn't fall off themself. But it is a good indicator that they might have found the right ant king to start a colony. haha ;D

Well I think it's best to catch both and to release those ants at randoms spots which haven'tt laid any eggs after a week or two. Perhaps right where you found those queens. If you have caught to many then take care of them all until the first workers have hatched from the eggs. Then give them some honey and perhaps some insect so they aren't all hungry in case you want to drop some of them back into the nature. (This way the colony also got a bigger chance to survive because the queen ant got some workers to help her. :D

Or you could offer those colonies via the GAN Project so you can find a home for those little fellows. :D

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AntsLuxembourg
Doing some proper research is the best way to start an antcolony. After the research you can still go and fetsh a colony from one of your local GAN-Farmers.

My current colonies:
1 Lasius Niger Colony

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Re: Is it better catching wingless queens?

Post: # 38721Post EchoMeter4
Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:12 pm

Thanks for the information! :)

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Re: Is it better catching wingless queens?

Post: # 38722Post colo3000
Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:37 pm

I want to add that ants who have not mated, still have the ability to lay eggs. However, the ants that hatch from the eggs will be male drones which are useless.
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Re: Is it better catching wingless queens?

Post: # 38731Post EchoMeter4
Sun Jun 24, 2018 3:30 pm

colo3000 wrote:
Sun Jun 24, 2018 1:37 pm
I want to add that ants who have not mated, still have the ability to lay eggs. However, the ants that hatch from the eggs will be male drones which are useless.
Yeah, I know that. Anyways thanks for adding that. :)

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