Just from observing all the queens I have had, and a few other people who have had queens - these do seem to have wildy varying genetics, higher proportion of infertility and a psycho streak...
A fairly high mortality rate.
Some of my queens have had eggs that never seem to hatch, or take a very long time doing so. Some of these queens ended up dying
While others lay a lot of eggs and they develop fast and work as you'd expect.
Shows how varied genetics are
Yeah of the queens I have had plus others I know it does seem a pretty high % are not productive.
The other guy that bought a queen off the same girl in South Australia, I initially got some from, his queen's brood spent ages as eggs and when they finally pupated, the queen ate them!
Just like my queen from Western Australia, she did the same, and then died.
The person who sent me the queen, from Western Australia, his second queen also ate all her workers as soon as they eclosed....
Edited by CoolColJ, January 18 2019 - 4:40 AM.
Current ant colonies -
1) Opisthopsis Rufithorax (strobe ant), Melophorus sp2. black and orange
Pheidole antipodum colonies... Polyrhachis rufifemur, Camponotus suffusus bendingesis, Camponotus nigriceps, Myrmecia fulvipes, Colobopsis macrocephala
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