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Wild carpenter ants and eggs; but no queen....

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#1 Offline AmazingNature - Posted May 21 2023 - 1:42 PM



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Wild carpenter ants and eggs;but(potentially)no queen;
will they produce a new queen; or eventually all die off?
So yesterday I found (Camponotus I think-based on size and color
they were black and red)
And I only saw them for an instant-as it was unexpected when I found them
I then put the stick back down,so they wouldn't relocate(hopefully) until I could research more and return.
So it was a branch with workers/eggs ...
but after reading last night;
I now think it's a what is called a"satellite" nest; 
so most likely no queen,
I think it's a satellite nest based on size/location. 
Found inside an 8 inch long x 3 inch circumference stick/branch,
on undisturbed bank w/exposed/sandy loose soil, in sun,near a tree line,in a park.
(I'm thinking partial sun exposure was for brood temps/eggs)
SO...Question 1- 
can/will they hatch a queen from the eggs?
if they can't...
Question 2-
will they accept a queen if I find, or buy one?

Edited by AmazingNature, May 21 2023 - 1:49 PM.

#2 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted May 21 2023 - 2:05 PM


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Question 1: no

Question 2: depends on species, probably not

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#3 Offline ANTdrew - Posted May 21 2023 - 2:19 PM


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There most likely is a queen somewhere else. A satellite colony is just an outpost from a main colony. In any case, please do not collect them. Learn how to find new queens after flights.
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