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AntsInSpace
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Drone ants

Post: # 35177Post AntsInSpace
Thu Apr 19, 2018 11:23 am

Hi guys,

I'm curious about ants of the drone caste,
Do these ants just sit around in the nest until the next nuptial flight ? from what I understand the queen already has sperm to lay millions of eggs, and I don't believe the drones continue to mate with her, when they mature into adults do they immediately leave the nest or what happens ?

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antnest8
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Re: Drone ants

Post: # 35180Post antnest8
Thu Apr 19, 2018 3:21 pm

they fly in nuptal flights don't mate with queens in the nest
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AntsInSpace
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Re: Drone ants

Post: # 35253Post AntsInSpace
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:05 am

Thanks for the info.
From what I understand drones and princesses are created before the nuptial flight, otherwise they focus on expansion and so on.

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