So have some (20ish female, 10ish male) Dorymyrmex bicolor alates, most of them are from different colonies several hundred feet from each other. Using UV CFL, trying to get them into mood to mate and it excites them, which is great and they attempt to fly and everything. Had 3 take their wings off and so they are separated now in their own test tubes, hopefully they are mated but probably unlikely. One thing I wanted to mention is they don't care if they are in same container or not. Are all alates like this?
Any suggestions or experiments are welcome. Would be cool to get them to mate with other species... Think it would be an interesting observation to document.
First setup in a boxbox with workers...
Second setup with only alates in a test, current setup:
https://photos.app.g...VmEroEvK3NwZks1(color enhanced for better viewability)
Edited by StopSpazzing, February 24 2018 - 11:57 PM.