Messor Barbarus "Fresh Queen" HELP!

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Canon92
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Messor Barbarus "Fresh Queen" HELP!

Post: # 66006Post Canon92
Wed Dec 11, 2019 11:40 pm

Hey everyone, i just recently purchased a few queens from a site who had them on sale as "fresh queens" with no brood. They seem quite small for Messor queens. are they still viable? and how would i be able to tell if they will produce this coming spring if they have mated or not.

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Devin. :D

NKantsalberta
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Re: Messor Barbarus "Fresh Queen" HELP!

Post: # 66041Post NKantsalberta
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:32 pm

Hello! There is a 50/50 chance of these "queens" being fertile and mated. The only way of knowing now is to wait until their brood hatch. If unmated or infertile you will only have drones, or no successful brood at all. It is important when purchasing queens, that there is verified brood of that queen. This is where the AntsCanada GAN program is a more reliable source of ants in this hobby, than a random site as we are required to sell queens that have already produced their own workers... Best of luck and I hope you did not waste any money.
Raising 3x Camponotus novaeboracensis, 2x Formica sp, 2x Lasius sp.

NKantsalberta
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Re: Messor Barbarus "Fresh Queen" HELP!

Post: # 66042Post NKantsalberta
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:34 pm

NKantsalberta wrote:
Sat Dec 14, 2019 9:32 pm
Hello! There is a 50/50 chance of these "queens" being fertile and mated. The only way of knowing now is to wait until their brood hatch. If unmated or infertile you will only have drones, or no successful brood at all. It is important when purchasing queens, that there is verified brood of that queen. This is where the AntsCanada GAN program is a more reliable source of ants in this hobby, than a random site as we are required to sell queens that have already produced their own workers... Best of luck and I hope you did not waste any money.
Also, try to post good quality pictures, with measurements, so someone may identify your ants as queens and what species (since you believe them to be small for Messors.
Raising 3x Camponotus novaeboracensis, 2x Formica sp, 2x Lasius sp.

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