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1 year old Camponotus. colony producing many drones

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#1 Offline Nogbert - Posted July 3 2021 - 1:50 PM

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Title pretty much says it all. I have a one year old Camponotus. sp. colony that  keeps producing drones. It's a major bummer since they take up valuable resources. so far they have hatched 5 drones since february. the first 2 were killed the third one i rescued/released, the 4th one had its wings removed by the workers but has survived for months among them and they just hatched another drone... this seems extremely odd to me. any thoughts on why this is happening/how to prevent it?


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#2 Online Manitobant - Posted July 3 2021 - 2:37 PM

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They are probably trophic eggs that aren’t eaten, or the queen isn’t fully fertilized.

#3 Offline Nogbert - Posted July 3 2021 - 3:50 PM

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There are numerous workers so the queen is fertilized
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#4 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted July 3 2021 - 3:53 PM

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They are probably trophic eggs that aren’t eaten, or the queen isn’t fully fertilized.


As far as I'm aware there is no such thing as "fully fertilized"...
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#5 Online Manitobant - Posted July 3 2021 - 7:59 PM

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Then its probably trophic eggs.

#6 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 3 2021 - 10:21 PM

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Then its probably trophic eggs.

Trophic eggs are unable to hatch as they are merely a packet of nutrients. So those are infertile eggs. I just wanted to clarify this so don't get mad

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#7 Online Manitobant - Posted July 4 2021 - 9:18 AM

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Then its probably trophic eggs.

Trophic eggs are unable to hatch as they are merely a packet of nutrients. So those are infertile eggs. I just wanted to clarify this so don't get mad
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I'm pretty sure unfertilized trophic eggs can hatch, they are just normally eaten.
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#8 Offline ReignofRage - Posted July 4 2021 - 9:38 AM

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Then its probably trophic eggs.

Trophic eggs are unable to hatch as they are merely a packet of nutrients. So those are infertile eggs. I just wanted to clarify this so don't get mad

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Trophic eggs are unfertilized eggs, they are usually eaten. Sometimes they are not eaten and become drones, this is why some founding colonies sometimes get drones.


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