R. Metallica Queen suddenly passed away but...

Let us know of your ant colonies or queens that have passed away. We will grieve together but will also learn why your ants may not have succeeded.

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MaxFernandes
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R. Metallica Queen suddenly passed away but...

Post: # 57456Post MaxFernandes
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:25 pm

So hello AC forum um so recently one of my older colonies queen of Rhytidoponera Metallica passed away suddenly. How ever to keep them going until I come up with a solution I have brood boosted them. So after doing a little research online I found that these ants are known to have gamergates, now is it possible to wait till next nuptial flights to catch a male or two and breed them with one of the workers. I’ve also read that I may be able to introduce a new queen similar how bee keepers do, ( inside a small meshed box/capsule.) open to any suggestions. Thankyou👍

Antfan
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Re: R. Metallica Queen suddenly passed away but...

Post: # 57476Post Antfan
Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:57 am

Although I do not have these ants in my countries, I think that if you wait for nuptial flight season for these Ants you could posibly catch a male! :D

MaxFernandes
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Re: R. Metallica Queen suddenly passed away but...

Post: # 57501Post MaxFernandes
Sun Apr 21, 2019 1:13 am

So it’s just as easy as introducing a male or two into the out world? That’s easy enough if anyone else knows about the introducing a queen thing would be greatly appreciated👍

Thanks in advance

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Re: R. Metallica Queen suddenly passed away but...

Post: # 57532Post JoeHostile1
Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:15 am

How old was your colony?
Keeping:
Tetramorium immigrans * Lasius Neoniger * Lasius Claviger * Messor Aciculatus * Myrmica Rubra * Camponotus Novaeboracensis * Camponotus Turkastanus * Pheidole Pallidula

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSfFtn6RegZ3F1NdS1g08NA

MaxFernandes
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Re: R. Metallica Queen suddenly passed away but...

Post: # 57552Post MaxFernandes
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:45 am

I caught the Queen (who died) in September last year

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Re: R. Metallica Queen suddenly passed away but...

Post: # 57571Post MaxFernandes
Wed Apr 24, 2019 12:56 am

Forgot to add the queen o lit died recently past week

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Re: R. Metallica Queen suddenly passed away but...

Post: # 57636Post MaxFernandes
Sun Apr 28, 2019 12:01 am

And also another question does the male have to be found and introduced to the new colony during spring (R Metallica’s Nuptials)

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