Nuptial Flights in Captivity?

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harvesterant
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Nuptial Flights in Captivity?

Post: # 55678Post harvesterant
Mon Feb 04, 2019 11:32 am

I was wondering, when the time comes, will my ant colony produce queens and males? I keep a colony in a formicarium, and do captive colonies produce queens and males, and if so, what should I do with them when they appear?

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Re: Nuptial Flights in Captivity?

Post: # 55688Post DontSquishTheAnt
Mon Feb 04, 2019 6:28 pm

Yes, they will produce alates, but so long as they aren't subject to air from outside, the alates won't try to fly away. The reason for this is that ant colonies naturally coordinate nuptial flights via pheromones (which are in the air around colonies). If your ant colony doesn't have any other colony of the same species to coordinate with, they won't send their alates out. I hope that made sense.
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harvesterant
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Re: Nuptial Flights in Captivity?

Post: # 55695Post harvesterant
Tue Feb 05, 2019 1:21 am

Thank you for the help. Do I need to do anything to the elates?

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Re: Nuptial Flights in Captivity?

Post: # 55705Post DontSquishTheAnt
Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:54 pm

Nope. They will just hang out with the other ants, eat as normal, and maybe help with taking care of the eggs (at least, the females will).
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Re: Nuptial Flights in Captivity?

Post: # 55708Post harvesterant
Tue Feb 05, 2019 2:39 pm

That sounds good. Thank you.

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Re: Nuptial Flights in Captivity?

Post: # 55890Post antnest8
Thu Feb 14, 2019 1:13 pm

the queens eventually shed there wings and act as big workers and the males die. Just in case I would put a lid or something on since the rare occasion the might fly you don't have to worry about ants infesting your house ;)
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