Ant Watch Western Washington

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

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PwnerPie
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Re: Ant Watch Western Washington

Post: # 35011Post PwnerPie
Wed Apr 11, 2018 10:50 am

Mortamir wrote:
Tue Apr 10, 2018 10:05 am
Weather was decent and I spent about hour looking for queens last night. No luck, just one salamander!
I've been going on daily walks, a lot of ant activity, but no alates yet! Soon! Its been feeling like queen weather, just a little to cold I think at this point. Hopefully soon we can get reliably into the 60s!
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Mortamir
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Re: Ant Watch Western Washington

Post: # 35189Post Mortamir
Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:12 pm

It's about to start. Ready, gogogogo. :P
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Camponotus Laevigatus
Formica sp.
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Camponotus Modoc
Polyrhacis Dives
Camponotus friedae

Mortamir
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Re: Ant Watch Western Washington

Post: # 35293Post Mortamir
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:08 am

60s and 70s next week, get your gear ready.
As if it wasn't already, only been waiting 9 months. :mrgreen:
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Mortamir
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Re: Ant Watch Western Washington

Post: # 35348Post Mortamir
Mon Apr 23, 2018 10:07 pm

1 Formica sp. Queen today. 6 PM Ravensdale, 65 F.

I also saw multiple males on the outside of the thatch ant nests. I would guess they will fly this week.
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Camponotus Laevigatus
Formica sp.
Lasius Flavus
Camponotus Modoc
Polyrhacis Dives
Camponotus friedae

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Re: Ant Watch Western Washington

Post: # 35355Post antnest8
Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:43 am

Mortamir wrote:
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:08 am
60s and 70s next week, get your gear ready.
As if it wasn't already, only been waiting 9 months. :mrgreen:
same here in Michigan we just had our first nuptial flight (prenolepis impars) even though i have been walking outside looking for queens for the last month just to entertain myself
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Mortamir
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Re: Ant Watch Western Washington

Post: # 35462Post Mortamir
Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:13 pm

Caught 11 camponotus queens this evening, western WA. Between 4 and 9pm. Two species. No IDs yet.

If you are in WA and you catch or see queens please post here.
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JadamJedi
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Re: Ant Watch Western Washington

Post: # 35472Post JadamJedi
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:24 pm

So I Just got back from Georgia an there were ants everywhere.

But now I am back in Alki and I am struggling. Anyone got any tips on where to look?

Mortamir
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Re: Ant Watch Western Washington

Post: # 35473Post Mortamir
Fri Apr 27, 2018 9:35 pm

Ya, Leave Seattle. Next Tuesday or Wednesday when it warms up again, we will be having some major flights of several species. Try to find some time in the evening when it is the hottest, to be near tree's and grass. Carry something to catch ants in at all times.
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JadamJedi
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Re: Ant Watch Western Washington

Post: # 38111Post JadamJedi
Sun Jun 17, 2018 11:27 pm

I found 2 Soleonopsis Queens here in West Seattle down on Alki beach!!! Wings were gone and they were being swarmed by pavement ants, but I heroically charged in and protected the Queens!!! I now have them set up in the Royal Chambers, and as soon as they were put in they immediate began to relax and clean themselves...

God Save the Queen(s)!

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