Formica queen died - a worker is now producing eggs

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Formica queen died - a worker is now producing eggs

Post: # 8685Post ooper01
Sat Jul 16, 2016 4:24 pm

One of my Formica colonies with about 50 workers lost their queen about 3 months ago. I'm not sure why she died, perhaps old age. I'm not sure how old she was as I collected her with about 25 workers up in the mountains a little over a year ago.

I have still kept the colony and shortly after the queen died, I noticed there was what appeared to be new brood. A few weeks later, some pretty large larva and pupa developed and eventually male alates eclosed. This process has continued, and male alates continue to eclose.

This is what infertile queens/workers give you, male alates. I did find it interesting though that once the queen died, there was a volunteer, or volunteers, to attempt to take over the role of egg layer.
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Re: Formica queen died - a worker is now producing eggs

Post: # 8738Post Aaron567
Sun Jul 17, 2016 4:04 pm

Wow, that's awesome! I didn't think workers were large enough or even had the organs to lay eggs.
Keeper of:
Brachymyrmex patagonicus
Crematogaster sp.
Dorymyrmex bureni
Pheidole bicarinata
Pheidole moerens
Pheidole obscurithorax
Solenopsis invicta

My queens still founding a colony are:
Strumigenys sp.

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