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CamponotusKing
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Are Wood Ants Polygamous?

Post: # 35260Post CamponotusKing
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:59 pm

In my area there are Wood Ant colonies everywhere. Does anyone know if they are polygamous, meaning they will accept more than a single queen?
5x Myrmica incompleta
Formica Podzolica colony with 17 queens (currently)
5x Wood Ant queens

Hitch3
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Re: Are Wood Ants Polygamous?

Post: # 35271Post Hitch3
Sat Apr 21, 2018 7:21 pm

Well, I can’t be bothered putting my research into my own words, so here is a copy and paste from Wikipedia:

Polygyny Of Formica Rufa

Different types of F. rufa group species have demonstrated different types of social interaction. Some groups are highly polygynous, with multiple queen colonies forming large networks of connected nests. Others are monogynous, with single-queen colonies. Different F. rufa ants from different regions have been recorded as having traits of being both polygynous and monogynous. The females in the F. rufa colonies that are monogynous separate by flight and establish new nests. Queens in polygynous nests form new nests in the vicinity of the original nest with the help of workers.
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Keeping:
2x Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
2 x Nylanderia sp
Camponotus Consobrinus
Pheidole sp
Rhytidoponera metallica

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Pheidole sp
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12x Iridomyrmex Bicknelli
Polyarhis sp

FINAnts
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Re: Are Wood Ants Polygamous?

Post: # 35364Post FINAnts
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:29 am

Are those wood ants building those huge piles?
I have one on my yard. Do they make those piles, when in outworld?
-2 L. Niger queens
-1 F. Rufa queen
-4 C. Herculeanus queens
Suomi!

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Re: Are Wood Ants Polygamous?

Post: # 35365Post AntsDakota
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:35 am

CamponotusKing wrote:
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:59 pm
In my area there are Wood Ant colonies everywhere. Does anyone know if they are polygamous, meaning they will accept more than a single queen?
Wood ants usually refer to the genus Formica. Yes, the are highly polygynous.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

AntsDakota
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Re: Are Wood Ants Polygamous?

Post: # 35366Post AntsDakota
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:37 am

FINAnts wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:29 am
Are those wood ants building those huge piles?
I have one on my yard. Do they make those piles, when in outworld?
They might if they were in a dirt setup, and have little twigs and other wood shavings. Yet some species do it more often than others.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

FINAnts
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Re: Are Wood Ants Polygamous?

Post: # 35407Post FINAnts
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:53 pm

AntsDakota wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 11:37 am
FINAnts wrote:
Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:29 am
Are those wood ants building those huge piles?
I have one on my yard. Do they make those piles, when in outworld?
They might if they were in a dirt setup, and have little twigs and other wood shavings. Yet some species do it more often than others.
Thanks for the info! :D
-2 L. Niger queens
-1 F. Rufa queen
-4 C. Herculeanus queens
Suomi!

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