Many "polygynous species" have both monogynous and polygynous queen lineages. Polygyne colonies do better in areas of high, same-species population density, while monogynous queens do better in less-dense ranges. Polygynous strains will kill monogynous strain queens, but accept other polygynous queens. Monogynous queens are intolerant of other queens for obvious reasons.TheRealAntMan wrote: ↑Fri Jun 15, 2018 5:59 pmNever knew Fire ants accepted other queens. When I had Fire Ants (Four queen colony) the killed 3 of the queens and left only one. Must have introduced the at the wrong time.
Monogynous queens have better odds of spreading their own genes successfully, but have somewhat more trouble when they must compete with other colonies of the same species.