Massachusetts Flight Sightings

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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 16962Post Nathant
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:59 pm

This doesn't have much to do flight wise but I was talking to my friend the other day and he said he found Pheidole by an open sandy area in the Dracut Lowell state forest once. He doesn't know much about ants but you can't mistake pheidole. This is probably helpful since we never see them here. Cool thing is this forest is a mile from me.
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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 16964Post noebl1
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:42 pm

Nathant wrote:
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:59 pm
This doesn't have much to do flight wise but I was talking to my friend the other day and he said he found Pheidole by an open sandy area in the Dracut Lowell state forest once. He doesn't know much about ants but you can't mistake pheidole. This is probably helpful since we never see them here. Cool thing is this forest is a mile from me.
Nice! I'll have to check that place out! It's about 15-20mins from my house, so not far at all.
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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17233Post Nathant
Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:34 pm

noebl1 wrote:
Fri Feb 10, 2017 1:42 pm
Nathant wrote:
Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:59 pm
This doesn't have much to do flight wise but I was talking to my friend the other day and he said he found Pheidole by an open sandy area in the Dracut Lowell state forest once. He doesn't know much about ants but you can't mistake pheidole. This is probably helpful since we never see them here. Cool thing is this forest is a mile from me.
Nice! I'll have to check that place out! It's about 15-20mins from my house, so not far at all.
Lasius claviger is overwelmingly common there by the way, well at least on the Dracut side of it. Found about a dozen dealates under the same log overwintering, and finding the colonies is easily accomplished by flipping stones. The wet, soily substrate is a great habitat for the Social Parasites. I can't even imagine what it is like during their flights. And of course, C. pennsylvanicus makes home there which I doubt you would be interested in. ;)
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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17237Post Nathant
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:24 pm

I piled up all of the 2016 flight sightings in MA that you guys experienced. Took a while but I think it will be easy to look at a single post rather than taking the time of browsing through 26 pages of Topic. Will also be easy for the new keepers to look at, again without having to scroll through so much writing.


January



February



March



April



May

-May 12: Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus Myrmentoma
-May 25: Camponotus pennsylvanicus
-May 26: Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus novaeboracensis, Camponotus Myrmentoma
-May 27: Camponotus sp.
-May 28: Camponotus sp.
-May 31: Camponotus sp.



June

-June 30: Lasius interjectus



July

-July 13: Temnothorax sp.
-July 15: Camponotus pennsylvanicus
-July 21: Temnothorax sp.
-July 26: Lasius alienus, Temnothorax sp.



August

-August 6: Lasius alienus, Temnothorax sp., Camponotus pennsylvanicus
-August 27: Lasius sp.



September

-September 1: Lasius sp.
-September 7: Lasius neoniger, Lasius sp.
-September 8: Lasius sp., Ponera Pennsylvanica, Myrmecina, Myrmica (?), Social Parasite Lasius
-September 9: Myrmica sp, Lasius sp.
-September 14: Lasius sp.
-September 20: Ponera pennsylvanica, Lasius sp.



October

-October 17: Lasius neoniger



November



December




Note that these were confirmed flights, and there were definitely a lot more ants flying than this. Others were collected but not during a flight or at least that anyone had noticed. I will do a 2017 chart as soon as 2018 hits.
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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17239Post noebl1
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:54 pm

Nice! I also think if that's my July 15 C. Pennsylvanicus, it may have been a mis-ID of a Formica Fusca.

More from my records:
Jun 29 - Temnothorax sp.

Jul 1 - Tetramorium Sp E
Jul 14 - Myrmica sp.

Aug 11 - Dolichoderus mariae
Aug 26 - Lasius Neoniger

Tetramorium had at least 2 other flights, but unfortunately I didn't write them down :(
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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17240Post Nathant
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:07 pm

noebl1 wrote:
Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:54 pm
Nice! I also think if that's my July 15 C. Pennsylvanicus, it may have been a mis-ID of a Formica Fusca.

More from my records:
Jun 29 - Temnothorax sp.

Jul 1 - Tetramorium Sp E
Jul 14 - Myrmica sp.

Aug 11 - Dolichoderus mariae
Aug 26 - Lasius Neoniger

Tetramorium had at least 2 other flights, but unfortunately I didn't write them down :(
I'll add that. For the Formica, are you referring to the species group or species alone?
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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17242Post Nathant
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:09 pm

Hmm well for some reason I cannot edit the post.
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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17243Post noebl1
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:10 pm

Nathant wrote:
Fri Feb 17, 2017 8:07 pm
I'll add that. For the Formica, are you referring to the species group or species alone?
I'm pretty certain it was a Formica, most likely Fusca, but safer to say Formica sp. When I first saw it, I assumed it was a C. Pennsylvanicus, however on further reading and realizing how similar they look, being July and afternoon flight, more than likely *not* Campanotus and instead Formica.
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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17339Post Nathant
Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:01 am

It seems things are getting warmer! From now on it seems we get over 40 highs. A big improvement after the recent maurade of snow we had, though of course it will still be a while before we see any ants. Excited!
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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17342Post noebl1
Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:31 am

Nathant wrote:
Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:01 am
It seems things are getting warmer! From now on it seems we get over 40 highs. A big improvement after the recent maurade of snow we had, though of course it will still be a while before we see any ants. Excited!
Looks like we may hit 60s on Thurs which will be great. However may still be a bit too low for P. Imparis :(
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