Canada nuptial flight

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

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Dinofroz4
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Canada nuptial flight

Post: # 21338Post Dinofroz4
Thu May 18, 2017 2:14 pm

I live in Ontario canada
I want to know what weather is the best for catching queens

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Saeyoung
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Location: Peterborough

Re: Canada nuptial flight

Post: # 21377Post Saeyoung
Fri May 19, 2017 1:37 pm

I also live in Ontario, near Peterborough, and I've caught a Lasius Umbratus Queen a few days ago.
#TeamNativeAnts
Currently searching for: Camponotus noveboracensis, Tetramorium Sp.E., or Formica fusca

Captured/Keeper of:
Lasius umbratus
Prenolepis imparis

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Batspiderfish
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Re: Canada nuptial flight

Post: # 21391Post Batspiderfish
Fri May 19, 2017 7:49 pm

Up here, Lasius umbratus only flies in the fall, although we can find dealates wandering around which have hibernated over the winter. Camponotus season is almost upon us.
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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Saeyoung
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Re: Canada nuptial flight

Post: # 21419Post Saeyoung
Sat May 20, 2017 1:37 pm

From what I understand about Camponotus, the best times to go looking for them are when the weather does not drop below 15 C at night and stays around 20-25C or higher during the day, the day after a rainstorm. They are predominantly nocturnal/crepuscular from what I've read, and I've seen videos of camponotus flying in the late afternoons in the States, and just before sun set in Canada. The best places to look for new Dealate Queens is under loser tree barks and in rotten or rotting logs. I've heard you can also find them wandering under the leaf litter in forests, under rocks, or hanging around pre-chopped log piles we use for our fireplace.

Of course I'm fairly new to ants myself, so there is a chance that anything I've said could possibly be wrong. Can someone with more experience confirm?
#TeamNativeAnts
Currently searching for: Camponotus noveboracensis, Tetramorium Sp.E., or Formica fusca

Captured/Keeper of:
Lasius umbratus
Prenolepis imparis

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