Too late to catch queens?

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Too late to catch queens?

Post: # 11736Post Barfdog
Wed Sep 21, 2016 10:30 pm

Hello guys and gals, I live in Cave Creek Arizona, so basically I live in Phoenix. I've been trying to catch my first ever queen the last few days with little luck. I've identified in my backyard what seems to be either Messor pergandei, the (black desert harvesters). Either that or they may be Tetramorium but they have telltale Messor pergandei characteristics, like having multiples entrances and exits to there nest, and making it look like a little crater. I tried digging up the queen and quickly separating the dirt to find her but she was too far dug in. Now I'm just worried I will have 0 luck finding a founding queen. I feel like only established colony's are around my area. Any Arizonians looking for queens I'm down to meet up, or at least share information. But what would be the best method to find the queens this time of year? Thank you all.
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Re: Too late to catch queens?

Post: # 11756Post nightxwolf88
Thu Sep 22, 2016 6:55 am

You can still have flights through November so don't give up. If you don't spot wandering queens just flip rocks, logs, and such.

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Re: Too late to catch queens?

Post: # 11771Post Barfdog
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:33 pm

nightxwolf88 wrote:You can still have flights through November so don't give up. If you don't spot wandering queens just flip rocks, logs, and such.
Awesome, okay it's raining right now so I'm gonna look when It dies down. :D
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Re: Too late to catch queens?

Post: # 11772Post Phimadams
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:57 pm

I never looked forward to rain so much!!!!! :)

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Re: Too late to catch queens?

Post: # 11789Post larynx
Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:29 pm

you still have time. Some Lasius sp. fly until late, and Solenopsis sp. fly until really late. Im sure some other do too. :D
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Re: Too late to catch queens?

Post: # 11790Post Barfdog
Thu Sep 22, 2016 4:37 pm

larynx wrote:you still have time. Some Lasius sp. fly until late, and Solenopsis sp. fly until really late. Im sure some other do too. :D
I was at work last night and had my laptop open and I'm pretty sure a queen alate was on my computer screen. I have containers on me now. :D
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Re: Too late to catch queens?

Post: # 11845Post Rafiredog
Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:37 pm

where would you look for a queen lasius at? I have been checking my local park along paved walkways. Any better spots?
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Re: Too late to catch queens?

Post: # 11847Post Antcrisp
Fri Sep 23, 2016 12:43 pm

Rafiredog wrote:where would you look for a queen lasius at? I have been checking my local park along paved walkways. Any better spots?
Yea same here,i've been going to 4 parks and daily walks with no queen on sight.

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Re: Too late to catch queens?

Post: # 11924Post Barfdog
Sat Sep 24, 2016 2:11 am

Antcrisp wrote:
Rafiredog wrote:where would you look for a queen lasius at? I have been checking my local park along paved walkways. Any better spots?
Yea same here,i've been going to 4 parks and daily walks with no queen on sight.
No luck here at all today, checked at all time of the day (early morn, afternoon, night). I even resorted to posting a Craigslist wanted ad for queen/colony adoption or going to known good places with me to make a trip this weekend lol. Need a queen before it gets cold:(
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Re: Too late to catch queens?

Post: # 11926Post Antcrisp
Sat Sep 24, 2016 4:31 am

Barfdog wrote:
Antcrisp wrote:
Rafiredog wrote:where would you look for a queen lasius at? I have been checking my local park along paved walkways. Any better spots?
Yea same here,i've been going to 4 parks and daily walks with no queen on sight.
No luck here at all today, checked at all time of the day (early morn, afternoon, night). I even resorted to posting a Craigslist wanted ad for queen/colony adoption or going to known good places with me to make a trip this weekend lol. Need a queen before it gets cold:(
Same here no luck :((. Yea same here especially since ia getting closer to winter now. Also we haven't had rain here in Neveda. I'll problaly go up to the mountains tomorrow.

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