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BugBoy
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Trap jaw queen ant died

Post: # 57471Post BugBoy
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:21 am

Hi there
I have a trap jaw ant colony of about 10-20 workers. However, their queen died recently :cry: . Does anyone know if they will produce a gamergate or a new queen? Also, will they accept a foreign queen ant as their own queen ant so that their colony will not die off? Thanks!
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AntsDakota
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Re: Trap jaw queen ant died

Post: # 58923Post AntsDakota
Thu May 30, 2019 6:12 pm

BugBoy wrote:
Sat Apr 20, 2019 8:21 am
Hi there
I have a trap jaw ant colony of about 10-20 workers. However, their queen died recently :cry: . Does anyone know if they will produce a gamergate or a new queen? Also, will they accept a foreign queen ant as their own queen ant so that their colony will not die off? Thanks!
There are very few ant species capable of producing a gamergate (which excludes Odontomachus). No ant colony can produce a new queen, and they will likely attack another queen you may introduce to them. I’m sorry, but you will need to find another queen and start over. (If your colony has any brood left, perhaps you could brood boost the new queen.)
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

BugBoy
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Re: Trap jaw queen ant died

Post: # 60369Post BugBoy
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:51 am

Hi
I put a new queen into the formicarium and the workers started cleaning her and guided her into the nest. I found no evidence of her dead body. Could they have accepted her? I am not sure as they will not accept foreign queens and yet they guided her into the nest.
Thanks
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Hawkeye
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Re: Trap jaw queen ant died

Post: # 60395Post Hawkeye
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:47 pm

BugBoy wrote:
Sun Jul 07, 2019 7:51 am
Hi
I put a new queen into the formicarium and the workers started cleaning her and guided her into the nest. I found no evidence of her dead body. Could they have accepted her? I am not sure as they will not accept foreign queens and yet they guided her into the nest.
Thanks
Since they were 'queen-less' there is a chance they accepted her as the new queen, as they wouldn't have perceived her as a threat. Especially if they as you said cleaned her and guided her into the nest, they might have welcomed her with open arms. You will however just have to be patient to find out I am afraid...

BugBoy
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Re: Trap jaw queen ant died

Post: # 60426Post BugBoy
Sun Jul 07, 2019 9:11 pm

I really hope they have accepted her
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