Well, hi again. I have ANOTHER question. Recently there is a very large colony outside in my garden and some winged males and females have been wandering around. (Not Flying!) I caught 3 males and 3 young winged queens in a flat plastic container used to hold chocoolates with damp tissues and little dabs of honey. Will they mate? Or will they only mate during the Nuptial Flight?
When I first had them all in the little temporary jar, a male tried mating, but none of the queens had shed their wings or showed any egg-laying behaviour... I need help! Here's a picture of the most energetic and largest of the queens.
They will try if given enough space maybe like a 4ft tank, but rarely successful but generally it is only during a flight. If the queens have not unhooked their wings yet, then it could be they are not mated and you are wasting your time with them