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Remove male alates from brood boosted nest?


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#1 Offline yfaykya - Posted June 27 2019 - 4:19 AM

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Hi,

I brood boosted some Lasius colonies (flavus and niger). A lot of the pupae are male alates. The colony of L. niger is killing them as they eclose but the other 2 colones (one each of L. flavus and niger) are just queens. I was wondering should I intervene?

 

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#2 Offline AntsDakota - Posted July 8 2019 - 3:22 PM

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There is no need. They are going to die if you release them or not. The ants might even eat the males, so it would be of benefit to your colony.


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#3 Offline yfaykya - Posted July 11 2019 - 9:15 AM

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I thought they might be a burden on the queens as she might feed them. I was not concerned about their survival :-)



#4 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted July 11 2019 - 9:40 AM

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Yes it will impact the queen's ability to raise a healthy colony. Remove the alates. If not, the queen will try to keep the alates alive by feeding them food she doesn't have. The nutrients she has stored in her wings muscles and fat reserves are just enough to keep her and her brood alive until workers arrive.
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