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Does this sound like a queen

Post: # 27969Post LearningAntKeeper
Fri Aug 04, 2017 9:24 am

I just found a queen ant on my kitchen window and my test tube was in my room so i didnt bother to fetch it. Just thought i would catch it with my hand first just in case it escaped. I was unfortunately too slow because it flew off. Can a mated queen fly or dont they.
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Re: Does this sound like a queen

Post: # 28031Post tiger01vincent
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:51 am

Some queens keep their wings after mating for a longer period of time, and some bite them off when they have mated.

My experiance says thet if a queen takes flight easily and is not walking around looking for a good burrowing spot she has not mated, but there is really no way to tell correctly.
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Re: Does this sound like a queen

Post: # 28441Post averagebilly
Tue Aug 08, 2017 1:48 pm

I've caught a queen that I saw flying around. It died overnight and I felt terrible. Pretty much, if it flies of, it hasn't mated yet.
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