I am new to ant keeping and have what might be silly questions.
Since queens born in a formicarium do not take nuptial flights, what happens to them? Do they mate with a male in the formicarium and should then be removed to begin her own colonies? Or does the colony kill her? I do understand that there are ant colonies with multiple queens. I am asking about single queen colonies.
Also, a saw a youtube video showing a large ashtray nicely decorated as an ant world, complete with a walnut ant nest housing a themothorax sp. This was siting in what appeared to be a bowl of water. Can a moat be used to contain ants? I understand that there could be a drowning danger, but, generally ants are smart enough not to cross water.
Thank you in advance for your kind attention to my inquiry.