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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warhawk373
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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 18859Post warhawk373
Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:30 pm

It's been warm these past few weeks, has anyone seen anything? I'm afraid I'm going to miss it and be antless the rest of the year

I've seen ants out and about. I think I saw some termite alates. I observes a major worker coming out for the first time since winter in a small colony in my back yard. However, I have yet to see any nuptial flights here in western Ky

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

Post: # 18860Post Martialis
Sun Apr 02, 2017 1:43 pm

Once it gets into the 70s for good we'll see action,
Keeper of

Formica sp.

Tetramorium caespitum

Camponotus chromaiodes

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

Post: # 18874Post xTNxANTMANx
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:08 pm

I'm right under you in West TN and seen some Camponotus drones last week around a light pole at my work around 8pm-ish. The time is coming soon I do believe :)
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2
Pheidole sp. x3
Tetramorium immigrans x2
Unknown sp.

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

Post: # 18946Post warhawk373
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:38 pm

xTNxANTMANx wrote:
Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:08 pm
I'm right under you in West TN and seen some Camponotus drones last week around a light pole at my work around 8pm-ish. The time is coming soon I do believe :)
I was just walking around in the woods on a sunny day with my ant equipment and found these queens. They are parasitic though so fairly difficult to start a colony with, but I think it's a sign that camponotus will fly soon.

http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2926

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

Post: # 18947Post Cale3459
Mon Apr 03, 2017 5:48 pm

We've had a week of rain here in Illinois, one day of sun, one day of overcast, and now they are calling for five more days of rain. Hopefully after that it will get sunny and we will start seeing some ants.
Keeper of:
Camponotus pennsylvanicus
(http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=26&t=2686)

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

Post: # 19022Post warhawk373
Wed Apr 05, 2017 9:51 am

Just a heads up: I was looking for queens and found about 4 different colonies of camponotus species. I noticed them digging, which is strange because they wouldn't be making new nests this early. Then I remembered, to prepare for nuptial flight ants tend to widen their entrances to allow the larger males and females out. I noticed the same activity in all colonies. Be on the look-out, If I don't get a queen this year I don't know what I'm going to do with myself :?

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

Post: # 19171Post ultraex2
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:22 am

These definitely flew Sunday (4/9/17) - I caught a dozen queens yesterday afternoon from about 1:30 CST to 4.
Gonna try to get out today again and see if I can find some more wandering around.

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

Post: # 19174Post warhawk373
Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:03 am

ultraex2 wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:22 am
These definitely flew Sunday (4/9/17) - I caught a dozen queens yesterday afternoon from about 1:30 CST to 4.
Gonna try to get out today again and see if I can find some more wandering around.
Around where are you located? It was in the 80's here in Ky but it was really windy, I went looking and didn't see any flights, a lot of busy workers but no queens or males.

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

Post: # 20006Post ultraex2
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:08 am

warhawk373 wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:03 am
ultraex2 wrote:
Mon Apr 10, 2017 8:22 am
These definitely flew Sunday (4/9/17) - I caught a dozen queens yesterday afternoon from about 1:30 CST to 4.
Gonna try to get out today again and see if I can find some more wandering around.
Around where are you located? It was in the 80's here in Ky but it was really windy, I went looking and didn't see any flights, a lot of busy workers but no queens or males.
Northern Illinois in Rockford - I think nuptial flights are over now, but I did find a prenolepis imparis queen underneath a log Saturday.
The day that they were flying it was really windy, probably gusts at 20-30 mph so that won't stop them.

EDIT: Also found a camponotus pennsylvannicus queen on 4/14 down in central Illinois, so camponotus are starting to fly/flying very soon.

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

Post: # 20011Post Martialis
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:56 am

That's great! Nuptial flight season has just begun, and I've found a Prenolepis imparis colony with reproductive larvae still.

At a school, I found these genera:

Crematogaster
Brachymyrmex
Ponera
Solenopsis
Camponotus
Formica Lasius
Monomorium
Tetramorium
Prenolepis
Aphaenogaster
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Formica sp.

Tetramorium caespitum

Camponotus chromaiodes

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