Camponotus pennsylvanicus...

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xTNxANTMANx
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Camponotus pennsylvanicus...

Post: # 27952Post xTNxANTMANx
Fri Aug 04, 2017 5:14 am

So yesterday around 11 a.m. I took my dog out to use the restroom and thought I seen a wasp on my porch. A rather big black one. As I got closer to inspect it I noticed it was a Camponotus pennsylvanicus queen. Now I know in my state of Tennessee these girls flew in early to late April but mostly around early and mid April. Could somebody possibly shed some light on why I found a queen this late in the year? By the way she's an Alate...

( I really need to update my signature also. As I have many more species now and new workers for a lot that I have caught :-) )

Oh, just some input, we had rain the day before and the temperatures have been steady in the mid-80s and have had beautiful days. It just seems a little off to find a C. pennsylvanicus at the beginning of August LOL. I can also post pics if need verification :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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Batspiderfish
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Re: Camponotus pennsylvanicus...

Post: # 27972Post Batspiderfish
Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:39 am

Camponotus fly in the mid summer too, and sometimes in the fall if the colony doesn't have enough food to keep the alates overwinter.
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Ants500
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Re: Camponotus pennsylvanicus...

Post: # 28258Post Ants500
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:53 am

Batspiderfish wrote:
Fri Aug 04, 2017 10:39 am
Camponotus fly in the mid summer too, and sometimes in the fall if the colony doesn't have enough food to keep the alates overwinter.
This makes sense why Miley caught a bunch in his last video!
Founding:
-3 tetramorium queens
-1 Formica queen
-4 groups of acorn ant queens (they're polygenous)
Super excited to start this amazing hobby :D

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