Camponotus castaneus....

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Camponotus castaneus....

Post: # 20822Post xTNxANTMANx
Mon May 08, 2017 9:00 pm

Any information is much appreciated but I live in Tennessee in the US. Camponotus castaneus is the main species I want and I have done my research on them...trust me :D . So I guess I'm looking for when and where would be a good time to look for them in my area. It's different in every state (kinda) and curious is I may be to late or what. Thanks so much guys.
Keeping:
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x2
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Crematogaster missouriensis
Formica pallidefulva x2
Formica subsericea x2
Lasius sp x2 (founding)
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Re: Camponotus castaneus....

Post: # 20873Post idahoantgirl
Tue May 09, 2017 6:51 pm

xTNxANTMANx wrote:
Mon May 08, 2017 9:00 pm
Any information is much appreciated but I live in Tennessee in the US. Camponotus castaneus is the main species I want and I have done my research on them...trust me :D . So I guess I'm looking for when and where would be a good time to look for them in my area. It's different in every state (kinda) and curious is I may be to late or what. Thanks so much guys.
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Re: Camponotus castaneus....

Post: # 20876Post xTNxANTMANx
Tue May 09, 2017 6:55 pm

That's what I'm hoping for. I have read they fly at night and I work afternoon shift (3pm-11pm) so maybe I can get lucky and happen to find soom after work one night. I wish i still worked midnight shift (11pm-7am). I would be waking at the best time to look in the afternoon/night and gettin off at the best time in the mornings. But im not that lucky lol
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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Re: Camponotus castaneus....

Post: # 22102Post xTNxANTMANx
Tue May 30, 2017 11:30 pm

Batspiderfish, Martialis, or someone experienced.... tonight makes the fifth night in the past week and a half that I have seen numerous Camponotus castaneus drones but no queens. They swarm around the light poles on the ground at my work when I take my 9:00 break at night. Am I missing the flight or is it just beginning or what? I look everywhere around the parking lot and even in the grass, around trees, you name it and have yet to spot a queen amongst all the drones. Could you give me any insight on this subject?
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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Re: Camponotus castaneus....

Post: # 22129Post Martialis
Wed May 31, 2017 9:21 am

I've never kept this species, but have found a drone.

I believe C. castaneus i sone of the more diturnal Camponotus out there, so you're probably getting out there as things wrap up. You still may be able to find queens at this time, though.

I would refer to this chart for times ants fly:
http://www.formiculture.com/index.php/topic/181-ant-mating-chart
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Re: Camponotus castaneus....

Post: # 22132Post Batspiderfish
Wed May 31, 2017 10:01 am

Not that I never see Camponotus queens at lights, but it seems that the drones which haven't mated are the ones flying at night. The majority of Camponotus queens I see are active during the day. I have never seen C. castaneus in my state, so there's not much other help I can offer, unfortunately.
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Re: Camponotus castaneus....

Post: # 22145Post xTNxANTMANx
Wed May 31, 2017 2:15 pm

From all that i have read, Camponotus castaneus like to fly rite at/around dark and so far, that is the only time I even see the drones. I know the queens have to be around because of all the drones :D so maybe I'll get lucky. If not, then there's always next year. Plus, my Camponotus subbarbatus colonies and pennsylvanicus queens are doing great! I took a peek at my pennsylvanicus queens last night and think I saw one of them with their first worker. I'm going to get a better look when I get off of work tonight. I try to look at the good side of things :D. Thanks once again.

Also, I actually have that chart downloaded on my phone. The North American one that is :-). There are many times I have referred to that chart. Most of the time I try to research questions before I ask and get the answers myself. I have an idea of when most species fly now.
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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Re: Camponotus castaneus....

Post: # 22158Post xTNxANTMANx
Wed May 31, 2017 11:50 pm

Well, I'll have you guys know I finally found me a Camponotus castaneus queen tonight! :D The weeks of searching finally paid off. I'm going to post pictures for an ID to make 110% sure but I already know she's the one. She's absolutely beautiful. By far my favorite....
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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Re: Camponotus castaneus....

Post: # 22166Post Theantguy13
Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:45 am

Congrats!
Man everyone new on this forum is getting camponotus queens! Where's mine? :(
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Re: Camponotus castaneus....

Post: # 22528Post xTNxANTMANx
Wed Jun 07, 2017 11:46 pm

In an above post I mentioned that I had read that Camponotus castaneus like to fly at night. I can honestly attest to this. I now have 2 Camponotus castaneus queens and both were found right after dark along with many males in the vicinity both times. I am a little nervous about the second one I caught though... I have had her 4 days as of today and today is the 1st I have checked on her and she still hasn't shed her wings. Now I know they all don't shed their wings right away and can even have them for a while but my other Queen didn't have wings when I caught her and already has about eight eggs. Should I be worried that she possibly didn't mate or with all the males that were around do you guys think I will be okay and just being overly anxious about her still having her wings?
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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