OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Where and when are you finding queen ants? A section to share nuptial flight schedules by ant species and locality

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antnest8
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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 34228Post antnest8
Tue Feb 27, 2018 4:35 pm

oh and when does lasius niger or neoniger come out of hibernation? in the wild
almost one year of ant keeping :D

keeping:
a restarting camponotus queen
one crematogaster queen
and a bunch of lasius umbratus queens (to lazy to count them all) :lol:

SageePrime
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Location: Belleville, Illinois

Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 34258Post SageePrime
Wed Feb 28, 2018 2:28 pm

so far it's rained so Imparis flights have been delayed by weather. All wild colonies I've located still have elates swarming near their entrances. Also about the Lasius lol I've found 40+ parasitic queens too... claviger, Interjectus , and Umbratus

30 of the claviger queens were in a Niger colony sitting by a dead queen. I collected the colony and queens and put them all in separate testubes to see if they'll develope with the Niger workers. did the same with interjectus and Umbratus queens. Don't worry there are still a good 100 of those parasitic queens out there that I ignored.

I'm wondering if the parasitic queens use swarm tactics and winter as a way to infiltrate the nests and take over. the parasitic queens were still relatively active versus the Lasius Niger colony. I'd assume that winter would kill the colony scent so it would be absolute chaos when they left diapause with all those queens.
5 Queen Tapinoma Sessile colony
2 Queen Tetramorium colony
2 Aphaenogaster Tennesseensis
1 Camp. Pennsylvanicus colonies
1 Camp. Subbarbatus colony
1 Camp. Herculeanus Colony
1 Crematogaster Cerasi colony
1 Formica Subsericia colony

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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 34259Post antnest8
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:10 pm

Today it got up to 59 degrees and tomorrow the high is 65 then the day after that it is going to be snowing :cry: :o
Michigan like always wants to make me cry

about the lasius I caught so many lasius umbratus that i ran out of test tubes! right now i have one in a test tube portal and one in the box it came in :lol: :D
almost one year of ant keeping :D

keeping:
a restarting camponotus queen
one crematogaster queen
and a bunch of lasius umbratus queens (to lazy to count them all) :lol:

Anthand1
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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 34268Post Anthand1
Wed Feb 28, 2018 10:37 pm

I caught a prenolepis imparis queen on the 26th. They might still be flying for more northern areas. I'm glad anting season has begun.

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antnest8
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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 34272Post antnest8
Thu Mar 01, 2018 5:24 am

oops sorry it going to snow today :(

oh well ill just have to wait a couple weeks until it warms up again :)
almost one year of ant keeping :D

keeping:
a restarting camponotus queen
one crematogaster queen
and a bunch of lasius umbratus queens (to lazy to count them all) :lol:

Onyxiguana
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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 34276Post Onyxiguana
Thu Mar 01, 2018 11:38 am

Be warming up over here in Northern Illinois, along with my Tetramorium species being more active I'm gonna be looking for any potential queens after the rain showers this weekend.
Wish me luck! I wish the same for the rest of you!
Current Queens:
(1) Tetramorium Imimgrans

SageePrime
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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 34304Post SageePrime
Sat Mar 03, 2018 8:41 pm

I've been keeping an eye on a few active Prenolepis Imparis colonies to get a good idea of when they are going to fly. I checked them yesterday and the elates are still chilling in the colonies. This is in illinois around STL
5 Queen Tapinoma Sessile colony
2 Queen Tetramorium colony
2 Aphaenogaster Tennesseensis
1 Camp. Pennsylvanicus colonies
1 Camp. Subbarbatus colony
1 Camp. Herculeanus Colony
1 Crematogaster Cerasi colony
1 Formica Subsericia colony

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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 34313Post antnest8
Sun Mar 04, 2018 5:25 pm

i have a colony of prenolepis imparis in my back yard and still have not seen alates even near the entrances.
almost one year of ant keeping :D

keeping:
a restarting camponotus queen
one crematogaster queen
and a bunch of lasius umbratus queens (to lazy to count them all) :lol:

SageePrime
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Location: Belleville, Illinois

Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 34354Post SageePrime
Tue Mar 06, 2018 4:04 pm

I have a colony somewhere in or near my yard but haven't seen any alates nor do I know where the colony is but there is a park about 8 miles away around Fairview Hieghts that i frequent and there are several colonies with active alates still swarming near the entrances. It keeps pouring rain delaying their flights here.
5 Queen Tapinoma Sessile colony
2 Queen Tetramorium colony
2 Aphaenogaster Tennesseensis
1 Camp. Pennsylvanicus colonies
1 Camp. Subbarbatus colony
1 Camp. Herculeanus Colony
1 Crematogaster Cerasi colony
1 Formica Subsericia colony

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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 34658Post antnest8
Tue Mar 27, 2018 2:05 pm

Michigan is still cold and cold on the forecast :cry: :x
i see lots of lasius parisites still
i have found the backyard prenolepis impairs colony and they have workers forging again :D
hoping for nuptial flights next month
almost one year of ant keeping :D

keeping:
a restarting camponotus queen
one crematogaster queen
and a bunch of lasius umbratus queens (to lazy to count them all) :lol:

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