I Found A Species that Shouldn't be Flying

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Jadeninja9
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I Found A Species that Shouldn't be Flying

Post: # 18066Post Jadeninja9
Tue Mar 14, 2017 1:59 am

Okay. I'm so confused right now. Prenolepis imparis should be the only species flying in North America right now, right? Well I found three black elates of an unknown species over the weekend (two queens, 1 male, and the male is huge btw). They are certainly not Prenolepis. I don't know how another species could be flying this month. But my guess is that the strange weather in the bay area (my residence), is causing a change in the biological clock of the ants, changing their nuptial flight schedules. What are your guys' thoughts on the matter?

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Re: I Found A Species that Shouldn't be Flying

Post: # 18077Post Martialis
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:22 am

That is not true. Myrmecosystus, Camponotus, and Dorymyrmex have all flown in California.
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Tetramorium sp.

Crematogaster sp.

Past Queens/colonies:

Ponera pennsylvanica

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Re: I Found A Species that Shouldn't be Flying

Post: # 18079Post Jadeninja9
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:02 am

Martialis wrote:
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:22 am
That is not true. Myrmecosystus, Camponotus, and Dorymyrmex have all flown in California.
At this moment in time???

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Re: I Found A Species that Shouldn't be Flying

Post: # 18080Post Martialis
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:05 am

Jadeninja9 wrote:
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:02 am
Martialis wrote:
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:22 am
That is not true. Myrmecosystus, Camponotus, and Dorymyrmex have all flown in California.
At this moment in time???
Yes. By "have flown", I mean this year.
Keeper of

Tetramorium sp.

Crematogaster sp.

Past Queens/colonies:

Ponera pennsylvanica

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Re: I Found A Species that Shouldn't be Flying

Post: # 18081Post martinnate
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:12 am

I agree, I have seen Solinopis in Febuary this year and I caught my Camponotus queen march 26 last year. I have seen the Pogo's out working already this year and I beleive last year I didn't see them out until late March early April. I'm hoping to be home during their nuptuals. Would love to get me one of them.

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Re: I Found A Species that Shouldn't be Flying

Post: # 18082Post Jadeninja9
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:18 am

Martialis wrote:
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:05 am
Jadeninja9 wrote:
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:02 am
Martialis wrote:
Tue Mar 14, 2017 9:22 am
That is not true. Myrmecosystus, Camponotus, and Dorymyrmex have all flown in California.
At this moment in time???
Yes. By "have flown", I mean this year.
Why does AntsCanada say that Prenolepis imparis is the only species flying now?

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Re: I Found A Species that Shouldn't be Flying

Post: # 18083Post Martialis
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:28 am

He's from Toronto, Canada and was making generalizations for the entirety of the US and Canada. I believe later on in his nuptial flight video he goes on to explain genera from more specific areas. I am unsure as to why he makes it seem this way, though.


If you want them identified, post pictures and measurements in millimeters or to the closest 1/16th of an inch.
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Tetramorium sp.

Crematogaster sp.

Past Queens/colonies:

Ponera pennsylvanica

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Re: I Found A Species that Shouldn't be Flying

Post: # 18084Post Jadeninja9
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:30 am

Martialis wrote:
Tue Mar 14, 2017 11:28 am
He's from Toronto, Canada and was making generalizations for the entirety of the US and Canada. I believe later on in his nuptial flight video he goes on to explain genera from more specific areas. I am unsure as to why he makes it seem this way, though.


If you want them identified, post pictures and measurements in millimeters or to the closest 1/16th of an inch.
I see.

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Re: I Found A Species that Shouldn't be Flying

Post: # 18085Post Batspiderfish
Tue Mar 14, 2017 12:27 pm

Yeah, the nuptial flight schedules posted in that video are only a tiny slice of what goes on. There are more than 80 genera in the United States, and I think he only covers like a dozen of them?
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http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=292

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http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2167

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