Important question on componotus nuptial flights!!!

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Ants500
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Important question on componotus nuptial flights!!!

Post: # 28060Post Ants500
Sat Aug 05, 2017 11:48 am

In the most recent AntsCanada video, Mikey catches componotus queens which normally fly in late spring or early summer so what are they doing flying out now???
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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Re: Important question on componotus nuptial flights!!!

Post: # 28081Post Jadeninja9
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:28 pm

You can still find them flying. On his channel, he just caught like 6 Camponotus pennsylvanicus queens in Toronto, Canada.
Keeper of:
Camponotus Hyatti
Founding:
10x Lasius alienus queens

Ants500
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Re: Important question on componotus nuptial flights!!!

Post: # 28089Post Ants500
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:00 pm

Jadeninja9 wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:28 pm
You can still find them flying. On his channel, he just caught like 6 Camponotus pennsylvanicus queens in Toronto, Canada.
That's what I was asking about, why do they have two separate nuptial flights?
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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Re: Important question on componotus nuptial flights!!!

Post: # 28107Post ACaseoftheMondays
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:42 pm

Ants500 wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:00 pm
Jadeninja9 wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:28 pm
You can still find them flying. On his channel, he just caught like 6 Camponotus pennsylvanicus queens in Toronto, Canada.
That's what I was asking about, why do they have two separate nuptial flights?
Not only do different colonies fly on different days, most colonies have multiple nuptial flights. The term 'nuptial flight' does not mean that each species only flies once per year, all at the same time.
Founding:
Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis
Solenopsis Molesta
Formica Argentea
Lasius Flavus
Colonies:
Tetramorium sp.E

Ants500
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Re: Important question on componotus nuptial flights!!!

Post: # 28257Post Ants500
Mon Aug 07, 2017 7:50 am

ACaseoftheMondays wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 5:42 pm
Ants500 wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 4:00 pm
Jadeninja9 wrote:
Sat Aug 05, 2017 3:28 pm
You can still find them flying. On his channel, he just caught like 6 Camponotus pennsylvanicus queens in Toronto, Canada.
That's what I was asking about, why do they have two separate nuptial flights?
Not only do different colonies fly on different days, most colonies have multiple nuptial flights. The term 'nuptial flight' does not mean that each species only flies once per year, all at the same time.
I meant two separate nuptial flight seasons, as in componotus queens have to separate nuptial flight seasons, 1 in spring to early summer and 1 in late summer.
Founding:
-3 tetramorium queens
-1 Formica queen
-4 groups of acorn ant queens (they're polygenous)
Super excited to start this amazing hobby :D

Delphie
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Re: Important question on componotus nuptial flights!!!

Post: # 30751Post Delphie
Sat Sep 02, 2017 4:48 pm

There are many different kinds of Camponotus. Each subspecies flies at different times. Where I am, C. laevigatus flew a week or two after C. modoc. Some fly later and some can fly twice or not at all if the environment doesn't support it. The nuptial schedules are a guideline.

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