Yesterday a few minutes after giving my Myrmica rubra a fly I noticed, what at first to be just its wings being pulled about, but then at a closer look I saw it was some of the males alates, then I noticed what looks to be the males trying to mate with the workers
In all my time keeping ants thats have produced alates this is the first time I have ever seen male trying to mate with the workers.
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It is a trait among most male ants that they will try to mate with any female, and worker ants are just underdeveloped females after all. I have seen this fairly often in Myrmica species, but also in some Formica as well. Of course it is impossible for a male ant to actually mate with workers, as the workers are not sexually mature like a young queen is and their genitalia is not fully functional; but this doesn't stop a randy male with just one thing on his mind before he dies from trying it on with worker ants
Sad to say male ants are a bit stupid and have a one track mind when it comes to sex