ManicaLuca wrote:There has been some success in the past using Formica cf. fusca. This involved a greenhouse, brood boosted alate pupa, artificial humidity (by misting) and HPS lamps. This was only achievable because Formica fusca do not necessarily ...uld be created for those that mate in the air.
Definitely an area deserving additional experimentation though. The biggest issue is the fact that it's still seasonal as triggering the production of alates by synthetic methods has not been extensively studied.
Here in India there is quite a drought atm, at least in this part (120 mile west of Chennai). Sometimes there's a storm and we may get a good rain or sometimes only a spattering. 20 days ago there wasn't much, just a bit of rain but it was enough to trigger mating in some species of ants. Not sure about the nuptial flights, but for sure some of the ants carried on their mating on the ground. At least that's what this 13-year-old boy told me. Sadly the Queen he caught died, either due to rough handling or to chilling in the fridge.
I'm lucky that I have 2 Queens left. One is a whopper with a small amount of eggs. She's rather aggressive.
The other one is smaller and has lots of eggs. After just 13 days she has a ball of eggs nearly as big as a Q-tip.