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Can ants become accustomed to your scent?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:06 pm
by Dazza188
I was wondering, if you present your scent (your finger) to your ant colony when they are still in a test tube set up and easier to control (preferably a species that doesn’t bite or sting), will they get used to your scent and follow your scent, maybe follow you around the house before heading back to the nest. Essentially, can they become ’domesticated’ if you like. (Maybe not to that extent but I hope you get what I mean)

I think if this was possible I would have seen it somewhere by now, and if it is not possible or very unlikely, can someone please explain why?

Probably a dumb question but that’s what we’re here for :D

Darren

Re: Can ants become accustomed to your scent?

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:06 pm
by AM1C39
That is not possible, they would just attack you lol.

Re: Can ants become accustomed to your scent?

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:26 am
by Dazza188
AM1C39 wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:06 pm
That is not possible, they would just attack you lol.
One day my friend, ants will be domesticated 😁

Re: Can ants become accustomed to your scent?

Posted: Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:31 am
by AM1C39
Ant keeping proves that keeping ants as pets is possible.

Re: Can ants become accustomed to your scent?

Posted: Fri Jun 25, 2021 1:35 pm
by Loveday
Dazza188 wrote:
Thu Jun 24, 2021 9:26 am
AM1C39 wrote:
Thu Jun 10, 2021 8:06 pm
That is not possible, they would just attack you lol.
One day my friend, ants will be domesticated 😁
Maybe one day, although you would have to breed them in captivity (if anyone even does that with ants) and then breed them for hundreds, if not thousands of generations for the genes you want, its not impossible but I wouldn't say its very practical to happen, at least in our lifetimes

Re: Can ants become accustomed to your scent?

Posted: Sat Jun 26, 2021 5:59 am
by Antloverhuman
but if you are the one opening the cocoon, you will be the first thing the ant would smell. just like if a newly hatched duck sees you first, it will think you are it's parent. so the ant would also think that you are the queen and will not attack you?

Re: Can ants become accustomed to your scent?

Posted: Sat Jun 26, 2021 12:59 pm
by Dazza188
Antloverhuman wrote:
Sat Jun 26, 2021 5:59 am
but if you are the one opening the cocoon, you will be the first thing the ant would smell. just like if a newly hatched duck sees you first, it will think you are it's parent. so the ant would also think that you are the queen and will not attack you?
This I what I’m thinking. Although you’ll somehow need to get the queen to get used to your scent as well. Just get all in there with them. Practically, it doesn’t seem possible unless you have a lab setup for this experiment. Maybe we can release pheromones in certain situations that ants recognise....