Noob question time! (again!)
This is something I couldn't figure out up to now. I've searched around and can't find reliable info.
And no hurries here, I know they take their time to start getting born in the colonies.
The place where I caught my queens has huge ants with big heads and mandibles, definitely majors. Apart from this species, I've only seen on another place on the dunes some little red ants, not related with these ones with majors and the ones I've got.
I keep on assuming the queens I've got are from the same species of that has those majors. But alates "alate" away (AKA flying) somewhat away from where they've come.
By the ID I've requested here I was told Formica fusca. I've been feeding my ants insects and the ones I've seen in that capture place do make long queues in outside excursion, carrying lots of seeds and vegetation, but I guess insects as prey are not that abundant there.
So can anyone please tell me if the European Formica fusca have big headed majors?
And by the way, any idea of how far alates can fly away from their original colonies to reproduce?