Hello, I need a bit if help with my first colony of myrmica rubras, I am wondering what happens during nuptial flights? Will it be alright for me to leave them for 2 weeks if the colony is a month and a half old? And will they milk woodlice if I put them in their arena? Thanks ;D
Hello, I too keep Myrmica rubra (hence my name) - Generally during nuptial flights captive colonies don't release other queens and it's rare that they will ever produce male ant's (drones) under a colony age of 4 years.
Answer to Question no.2 - yes It should be fine, they can last months without food but it's definitely NOT recommended! (Myrm - the forum owner/admin has went about 8 months I believe without feeding his ants! EDIT - Due to work, not because of not being bothered, he often wants to feed them and since he could not he ordered some to stay on ship with him.)
And finally to question 3, no your ant's will not "milk" woodlice, I think you may have been mistaken for aphids which normally gang up on plant's such as Rose. Although I have not ever tried getting my Myrmica rubra to do this and I only think species such as Formica and Lasius tend to do this.
Any other questions just ask and me or another member should be on too answer! Also welcome to the forum Fluorescentsam!
the rubras would proberbly just eat the woodlice. and rubras right, captive colonies proberbly wont ever produce winged ants as they need alot of rooom which is only realy acivable in their natural environment