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

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

Post: # 20024Post warhawk373
Mon Apr 24, 2017 4:47 pm

I caught one camponotus in the morning last week but she was by herself, no big flight or anything. Haven't seen anything since then. Just had a large rain and now its in the high 70's and all I could find were workers today and I think one male but it kept flying away so I wasn't certain. I was turning over logs, checking near and around LARGE colonies, under leaves, everywhere, and couldn't find any queen.

I'm in western Ky, so either they haven't flown yet or they all flew last week before the rain and now they're going to be near impossible to find.

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

Post: # 20051Post Cale3459
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:20 pm

My girlfriend just caught a Camponotus digging a founding chamber in her cactus pot on our front steps this weekend. I had to teach her how to make a test tube setup and put it in my test tube rack in the basement because she's having better luck catching queens than I am. She's up to two this year and I'm at one that didn't make it. Here's the queen she caught. No ID needed she's definitely Camponotus.
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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 20092Post Cale3459
Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:22 am

I'm kind of ashamed right now that my girlfriend is having better luck than me at finding queens. She just found another Camponotus queen in her cactus pot this morning.
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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 20102Post ItShallBeJordan
Tue Apr 25, 2017 4:50 pm

Cale3459 wrote:
Tue Apr 25, 2017 11:22 am
I'm kind of ashamed right now that my girlfriend is having better luck than me at finding queens. She just found another Camponotus queen in her cactus pot this morning.
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Time to get a cactus! I had a queen on my mirror of my car today and I grabbed it and as I was walking inside with it in my hand, it fell into the grass, never to be found again
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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 20103Post Martialis
Tue Apr 25, 2017 5:04 pm

Caught a Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen today.
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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 20105Post xTNxANTMANx
Tue Apr 25, 2017 7:00 pm

Y'all are lucky :evil: I found 2 Lasius interjectus queens last week which are parasite queens so I let them go. I want a Camponotus penn. and castenaus but no luck yet.
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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 20167Post Cale3459
Wed Apr 26, 2017 4:41 pm

I can't make this up...she caught another Camponotus in that frigging cactus. :lol: That makes 3 Camponotus and 1 Formica.
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The second one she caught laid two eggs already.
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The first one hasn't yet but the Formica has a nice little clutch.
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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 20518Post Martialis
Tue May 02, 2017 9:50 am

Wow!

Anyways, I found a collection record for Trachymyrmex septentrionalis in Illinois. Bear with me, it's from 1970.

Anyways, here it is:
In the interior United States in southern Ohio around the latitudes 39° area and an unpublished record of George Rotramel from Mason State Forest, Illinois in July, 1965. I visited the latter area on 16 June 1969 and found colonies abundant 0.4 miles west of the limits of Forest City (Mason County, Illinois), which is approximately latitude 40º22º North.
Fair warning- fungus growers are not easy to keep.
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Re: OH-KY-IN-IL-MI Nuptial Flight Sightings

Post: # 20613Post Martialis
Thu May 04, 2017 3:30 pm

Not sure about the rest of y'all, but we Hoosiers have been hammered with rain for more than a week now! Here's to a nice, warm front moving in when this deluge is over!
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Aphaenogaster cf. rudis

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

Post: # 20614Post LukeTheGreat
Thu May 04, 2017 3:33 pm

For sure. 😇🐜

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