Ants Flying At Night

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

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Ants Flying At Night

Post: # 19731Post AntsAreAwesome
Wed Apr 19, 2017 7:32 pm

So I live in South Florida and am currently looking for a 3rd queen of a species other than RIFA. I have posted a topic earlier this week but I wanted to ask this so that I can get clarification on it. I keep finding male ants in my dogs water. Nearly every morning. I don't see any queens at all. I look all around and under things. Nothing. So are these ants having their flights at like 3 a.m. and the queens already dug in by like by sunrise? And just because there are male ants in my dog's water, does that mean that queens are flying? Thanks!

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Re: Ants Flying At Night

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Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:16 pm

There are a lot of ant species which like to have their nuptial flight very early in the morning or late in the evening.
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Re: Ants Flying At Night

Post: # 19733Post AntsAreAwesome
Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:29 pm

Thanks, but does it mean that the queens flew when there are males?

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Re: Ants Flying At Night

Post: # 19764Post Batspiderfish
Thu Apr 20, 2017 11:41 am

I really couldn't say. It's obvious that the males were flying, looking for queens, but it depends on whether a local colony was producing them. Usually there will be queens somewhere, whenever there are males.
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