My ant colony of Myrmica has produced many females and perhaps a male or two, I'm not great as distinguishing the two. What I noticed today was that a lot of the alates were in the foraging arena with one in the nest still.
What surprised me the most was that I found a queen walking around the arena without wings. The arena is littered with fly and wing fragments so can't tell if she shed.
Do you all think that she maybe mated within the colony or is the queen of this colony being very adventurous? I thought about removing her but didn't want to incase she was the original when of the colony.
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Myrmica queens do go out of the nest and actively forage with workers, as I have seen them do this in the wild. Try counting how many queens you have, as if you only had 1 to begin with and now have more you will know if any have mated or not.