New from Ottawa Ontario

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1sttimeantfarm
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New from Ottawa Ontario

Post: # 20899Post 1sttimeantfarm
Tue May 09, 2017 9:56 pm

  • I have bought an omni nest kit. Still looking for nuptial flights. If I happen to get a queen from out of an outside nest, (preferably with some workers) would I put her/them straight into a nest or keep her in a test tube?
Criss Pilon

Founding four camponotus queens, two tetramorium queens and one formica.
Five have eggs. 3-4 have larvae.
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1sttimeantfarm
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Re: New from Ottawa Ontario

Post: # 20900Post 1sttimeantfarm
Tue May 09, 2017 9:58 pm

Also if anyone in the area knows when nuptial flights are going on please let me know. Thanks.
Criss Pilon

Founding four camponotus queens, two tetramorium queens and one formica.
Five have eggs. 3-4 have larvae.
#lifeisajourney

Martialis
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Re: New from Ottawa Ontario

Post: # 20901Post Martialis
Tue May 09, 2017 10:12 pm

Nuptial flights are happening as of April. To address the first part of your post, it's unethical and wrong to collect queens with workers, especially in areas like California and the entire southern half the contiguous U.S.
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Tetramorium caespitum

Camponotus chromaiodes

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1sttimeantfarm
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Location: Orleans Ontario Canada

Re: New from Ottawa Ontario

Post: # 20908Post 1sttimeantfarm
Tue May 09, 2017 11:32 pm

I'm in Canada. I understand the ethical point of view. To put into perspective, I live in a suburb. If I use lemon water to get a queen out of the outside wall of the house... (which my upstairs neighbour's will pesticide any outside pests anyway).
I am open to hearing all ethic points of view though. I am new and want to be respectful.
II'm hoping nuptials start here soon. I think there's been too much rain. (I'm minutes from all the flooding here by the Ontario/Quebec border.
Criss Pilon

Founding four camponotus queens, two tetramorium queens and one formica.
Five have eggs. 3-4 have larvae.
#lifeisajourney

xTNxANTMANx
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Location: Western Tennessee

Re: New from Ottawa Ontario

Post: # 20993Post xTNxANTMANx
Wed May 10, 2017 11:49 pm

I think what he's trying to say is that most people frown upon collecting already established colonies that are doing just fine. But also if you know that they are going to be harmed or destroyed or anything of that nature then I think it would be okay to try and collect them as you would just be trying to save them. But just going out and digging up a colony just so you can hurry up and get one is not a good idea. I understand what you are saying though with your neighbor using pesticide to kill them. That's where you would have to make the decision on if you want to try and save them or not. But the likelihood of the actual Queen coming out to the lemon water is highly unlikely.
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2 (founding)
Pheidole sp. x4
Tetramorium caspitum x2

1sttimeantfarm
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Re: New from Ottawa Ontario

Post: # 22970Post 1sttimeantfarm
Tue Jun 13, 2017 10:14 am

Thank you all for your advice. I was patient and waited until they were flying in my area. (We had record rainfalls in May that I think kept them occupied earlier)
I collected four queens properly this week and two already have eggs.
Now working on not looking at them....
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I'm one proud mama but respect they are doing all the hard work.
Criss Pilon

Founding four camponotus queens, two tetramorium queens and one formica.
Five have eggs. 3-4 have larvae.
#lifeisajourney

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