I Cannot find a queen

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AntsAreAwesome
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I Cannot find a queen

Post: # 19964Post AntsAreAwesome
Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:20 pm

Hello! I have posted some posts earlier this week as to finding queens. I have received great tips but sadly
still finding no queens at all :| it rained liked crazy yesterday and this morning through the afternoon and I looked once the sun came out and nothing at all. I searched everywhere. I even went to the nearby lake and found nothing. I only found one male ant under a peice of wood. I mean, am I doing something wrong? Is this not the right time of year? I mean I thought ants flew anytime of the year in south Florida. In fact I got all my other queens late in the year. I keep finding my dogs water FULL of male ants and have found not a single queen, except a dead one hanging from a spider web. I even checked outside at 7:00 a.m. and did not see any. All I see is dead/alive male ants on the outside light where the spider webs catch them. I also looked under a lot of things today. Nothing at all. I know I sound crazy but I really have been searching all day(and all week for that matter) and don't understand what I am doing wrong? Please help?
Keeper of:
2x Solenopsis invicta (1x founding)
4x Brachymyrmex patagonicus (4x founding)
1x Pheidole Sp. (1x founding)

Past Colonies:
2x Brachymymex
30x Solenopsis invicta (never catch that many it was a mistake ;) )

JackPayne
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Re: I Cannot find a queen

Post: # 19965Post JackPayne
Sun Apr 23, 2017 11:21 pm

You've just got to be patient, it took me 2 months.
Hi I'm Jack, How are you? TeamNativeAnts!

AntsAreAwesome
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Re: I Cannot find a queen

Post: # 19973Post AntsAreAwesome
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:18 am

I understand. It's just that I just went out to find some queens and I must have seen atleast 200 males dead. Some were still alive. I search around and did not find a single queen. So I don't know where they are going?
Keeper of:
2x Solenopsis invicta (1x founding)
4x Brachymyrmex patagonicus (4x founding)
1x Pheidole Sp. (1x founding)

Past Colonies:
2x Brachymymex
30x Solenopsis invicta (never catch that many it was a mistake ;) )

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Batspiderfish
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Re: I Cannot find a queen

Post: # 19975Post Batspiderfish
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:20 am

I don't know where you are, but in temperate Northern regions the nuptial season has barely even begun.
Links:
Rules & Requirements for Identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=292

How to take pictures for identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2167

AntsAreAwesome
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Re: I Cannot find a queen

Post: # 19991Post AntsAreAwesome
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:45 am

I'm in southernmost Florida. I am considered to be like right on he line of temperate and tropical. You pretty much can just consider us tropical.
Keeper of:
2x Solenopsis invicta (1x founding)
4x Brachymyrmex patagonicus (4x founding)
1x Pheidole Sp. (1x founding)

Past Colonies:
2x Brachymymex
30x Solenopsis invicta (never catch that many it was a mistake ;) )

AntsAreAwesome
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Re: I Cannot find a queen

Post: # 19994Post AntsAreAwesome
Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:59 am

Here is a picture of what I mean when I saw males are out in the morning. And I now that queens must be flying because I saw a dead queen

https://postimg.org/image/4lvt6ljir/
Keeper of:
2x Solenopsis invicta (1x founding)
4x Brachymyrmex patagonicus (4x founding)
1x Pheidole Sp. (1x founding)

Past Colonies:
2x Brachymymex
30x Solenopsis invicta (never catch that many it was a mistake ;) )

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Batspiderfish
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Re: I Cannot find a queen

Post: # 20002Post Batspiderfish
Mon Apr 24, 2017 10:57 am

Ah, ok. Sorry, I didn't read thoroughly enough. Even in Florida, there is going to be a lot more activity as the summer drags on.
Links:
Rules & Requirements for Identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=292

How to take pictures for identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2167

AntsAreAwesome
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Re: I Cannot find a queen

Post: # 20005Post AntsAreAwesome
Mon Apr 24, 2017 11:04 am

It's no problem. Thanks though. Do you or anyone else have a scheldule for when ants fly in TROPICAL regions?
Keeper of:
2x Solenopsis invicta (1x founding)
4x Brachymyrmex patagonicus (4x founding)
1x Pheidole Sp. (1x founding)

Past Colonies:
2x Brachymymex
30x Solenopsis invicta (never catch that many it was a mistake ;) )

xTNxANTMANx
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Location: Western Tennessee

Re: I Cannot find a queen

Post: # 20016Post xTNxANTMANx
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:36 pm

Batspiderfish wrote:
Mon Apr 24, 2017 6:20 am
I don't know where you are, but in temperate Northern regions the nuptial season has barely even begun.
Would you say the same thing for Western Tennessee? I'm pretty sure nuptial flights are just beginning here but it doesn't hurt to ask
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
Crematogaster ashmeadi
Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2 (founding)
Pheidole sp. x4
Tetramorium caspitum x2

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Batspiderfish
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Re: I Cannot find a queen

Post: # 20017Post Batspiderfish
Mon Apr 24, 2017 2:49 pm

I'll try to put something together for you both in a day or so. I have a database I've been working on, but I've been preoccupied by life and other projects to mess with it.
Links:
Rules & Requirements for Identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=292

How to take pictures for identification:
http://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=48&t=2167

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