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Old 04-09-2018, 12:20 PM   #1
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I just bought a small ant farm from eBay, and now I'm trying to find a queen ant to start up a colony in it. I was wondering if any of you had any experience finding swarming queens in the spring? I live in Virginia. Any advice would be appreciated.

My nearly two year old son is getting really bug crazy, so I'm hoping to get a colony going so we can watch it grow together. He will flip out!

I think I saw a queen the other day, but she slipped away into my compost bin
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Old 04-09-2018, 12:27 PM   #2
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I thought you sent for the ants to go with the set...Maybe they send only the workers? I recall them coming in a little test tube.
Good sized ants like the carpenters. MrIlovetheants surely would know how to answer you on that one!

I see ant swarms in the fall not the Spring
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Old 04-09-2018, 03:11 PM   #3
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You only get workers with an ant farm. That gets around the laws on shipping insects across state lines.

When ants are swarming, I've never tried to sex the winged/alates ants. Thinking about it, I don't even know how to do it. I guess I'd look for an ovipositor with my microscope. You would also have to hope you had found a pregnant one. I don't know if the new queen starts a nest with some help or if she is on her own. Might vary by species. All this is making me realize how little I know about ants. Does our resident ant expert post here any more?
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