What is your queen catching methodology?

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antsRlife
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Re: What is your queen catching methodology?

Post: # 35724Post antsRlife
Mon May 07, 2018 6:12 pm

The way i like to find queens are to study nests that i know are getting ready to fly, then once i see a nest fly i will often wait 10-15 min so i don't get a high chance of getting un fertile queens, thats how i look.
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Early Stage Nests:
x1 Aphenogaster Longiceps
x1 Anonychromyyrma
x1 Phiodole

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mallonje
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Re: What is your queen catching methodology?

Post: # 35728Post mallonje
Mon May 07, 2018 8:01 pm

What indicators do you look for? Is it just mound opening widening?
Founding:
1 P. Imparis queen caught 4/26/18
2 L. Umbratus caught 5/8/18
1 C. Pennsylvanicus queen caught 5/7/18 1st Eggs 5/17/18
1 C. Pennsylvanicus queen caught 5/17/18

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Re: What is your queen catching methodology?

Post: # 35747Post idahoantgirl
Tue May 08, 2018 9:52 am

mallonje wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 9:40 am
MaxGen wrote:
Mon May 07, 2018 7:16 am
For Example, Tertamorium - beginning of July, 5:00am - 10:00am, Warm morning after rain the previous days..
ok - thank you. This is kind of what I'm looking for. Everything I have read so far is just generalities Where did you learn this? Can you provide more examples?
In my area Tetramorium fly May-June.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

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