Nuptial flights in the UAE

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

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boreynorthwind
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Nuptial flights in the UAE

Post: # 36116Post boreynorthwind
Sat May 19, 2018 9:53 pm

I am new to ant keeping and I want to start my first colony. I can not find anything on the internet about nuptial flights in the UAE but if someone knows some ant species here and when the fly then please tell me.

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Re: Nuptial flights in the UAE

Post: # 36398Post AntsDakota
Sun May 27, 2018 11:36 am

boreynorthwind wrote:
Sat May 19, 2018 9:53 pm
I am new to ant keeping and I want to start my first colony. I can not find anything on the internet about nuptial flights in the UAE but if someone knows some ant species here and when the fly then please tell me.
Anoplolepis gracilipes flys in April
Brachyponera flys in April-July, yet mostly in May
Camponotus flys in April and May
Crematogaster flys in June-September
Monomorium flys from May-July
Pheidole flys from May-September
Solenopsis flys from May-August
Tapinoma flys from May-July
Temnothorax flys from June-September
Tetramorium flys from June-July
I got this info on Formiculture.com. It was posted by the owner.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

boreynorthwind
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Re: Nuptial flights in the UAE

Post: # 36429Post boreynorthwind
Mon May 28, 2018 4:41 am

Thanks. Do you know what triggers a nuptial flight for tetramorium?

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Re: Nuptial flights in the UAE

Post: # 36579Post AntsDakota
Wed May 30, 2018 8:50 pm

boreynorthwind wrote:
Mon May 28, 2018 4:41 am
Thanks. Do you know what triggers a nuptial flight for tetramorium?
Most ants fly shortly after a rain storm. The only exception I know of is Prenolepis imparis, so as far as I know, Tetramorium is no exception.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: Nuptial flights in the UAE

Post: # 36580Post AntsDakota
Wed May 30, 2018 8:53 pm

boreynorthwind wrote:
Mon May 28, 2018 4:41 am
Thanks. Do you know what triggers a nuptial flight for tetramorium?
The UAE is desert, right? So a rain storm would probably be easy to recognize.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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Re: Nuptial flights in the UAE

Post: # 36586Post boreynorthwind
Wed May 30, 2018 9:43 pm

Ok but I don’t think there will be a rainstorm any tim soon. :( I think what I will do is just go look every day for the two months and if there is a rainstorm I will just search extra hard.

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Re: Nuptial flights in the UAE

Post: # 36610Post antnest8
Thu May 31, 2018 2:11 pm

I think the rain part of the nuptial flight scheduled is so the soil is damp and easy enough to dig in for the queens and for extra humidity for brood. So maybe a humid day would work to for ants
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