When to catch queen ants

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BlitzAnts
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When to catch queen ants

Post: # 35894Post BlitzAnts
Sat May 12, 2018 10:28 pm

Hello!

So yes, with some exploration I discovered several ant nests from the species (I believe) Pogonomyrmex Barbatus (or at least they really seem to be under a microscope, not that the one I own is very potent) so I was wondering when was the best time (and perhaps place) to go queen-hunting, I mainly ask this because right now, there is a good storm outside, a few thunders and all (and I REALLY want to start a colony this year)
Housing two Atta Mexicana queens! (The oldest one has quite a large amount of eggs now!)

Also 3 Solenopsis xyloni Queens! (if you want to, check the journal!)

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Re: When to catch queen ants

Post: # 35976Post antnest8
Tue May 15, 2018 2:36 pm

i go with constant vigilance. spend at least 5 minuets a day walking on side walks looking for queens. if the conditions are right you can spend a lot longer. you can also just add this into a daily walk you do if you have one.
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2 lasius umbratus/neoniger colony
1 queen colony of prenolepis
3 C. pennsylvanicus
3 C novaeboracensis
1 Myrmica queen
1 tapinoma sessile colony

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