Forced Mating. Risky?

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Desperado
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Forced Mating. Risky?

Post: # 22015Post Desperado
Mon May 29, 2017 4:31 pm

Hi,

I've recently captured a queen and also a drone. Both appear to be tetramorium, I'm almost certain. I only have found the one queen and I would like to be sure she is fertilized. Is it a risk to introduce them to ensure that the queen has been fertilized?

I was unable to obtain further information on this topic. If you have an article/video on this topic please link.

Thanks!
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JackPayne
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Re: Forced Mating. Risky?

Post: # 22020Post JackPayne
Mon May 29, 2017 4:41 pm

Desperado wrote:
Mon May 29, 2017 4:31 pm
Hi,

I've recently captured a queen and also a drone. Both appear to be tetramorium, I'm almost certain. I only have found the one queen and I would like to be sure she is fertilized. Is it a risk to introduce them to ensure that the queen has been fertilized?

I was unable to obtain further information on this topic. If you have an article/video on this topic please link.

Thanks!
Beginner from Logan, UT

As far as I'm aware they simply won't mate, I've never heard of successful forced mating in captivity.
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idahoantgirl
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Re: Forced Mating. Risky?

Post: # 22024Post idahoantgirl
Mon May 29, 2017 5:14 pm

They wont mate. Mating occurs when virgin queens /males emerge from the nest. They smell certain pheromones in the air, and fly up and mate.
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

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