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I have an ant hill....thing....and the ants are acting funny. Why?

So I got this ant hill thing, it comes with a circular flat plastic casing you put the sand in, and has a tube in each side connecting to two dish-things separate from it, a food dish and a water dish, it's all connected by these tubes, so the ants should be able to go freely between them. I grabbed some red ants from outside, even got a couple blacked winged ones that I believe are young queens(I don't know why but a few of them wander around the outside of the ant hill so they were easy to get), I put them in through the food area, and they all flocked to the water container(of course not in the water), after calming down. They won't climb up to the actual ant hill part where the sand is, there's just one lone black winged one there. I'm thinking they are gonna die if they stay there, they don't even really move, but they aren't dead. I'm keeping the ant hill in my house in a shady area, and the air conditioner is on since it is summer, so it's kinda chilly....could that be the reason? Why won't they climb up and start tunneling??

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The winged ones you caught might have been male flying ants; they would leave WITH the queen on a mating flight, then die soon after mating. If you didn't actually get a queen, the ants can't function. They need the message hormones she secretes to unite them into a colony.

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Oh? So, how do I know if they are male flying ants or queens? There were an unusually high amount of them, and they are black while the rest of the ants are red. Though I did notice the ant colony was in one place one day and moved a foot or two the next day before I collected some, could that have something to do with the winged ones?
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The lone winged one is going to create a new colony. The other two are workers or soldiers, part of the old colony, and will not participate in the new colony. So if you want a real ant farm that will last longer than a couple weeks, you just need the queen.

http://askabiologist.asu.edu/collecting-queen-ants

http://ants.pbworks.com/w/page/13360351/Is%20there%20a%20way%20to%20tell%20an%20unfertilized%20queen%20ant%20(princess)%20and%20a%20male%20ant%20(prince%20or%20drone)%20apart

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There were quite a lot of winged ones. But thank you!
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