Massachusetts Flight Sightings

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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17345Post Nathant
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:20 am

noebl1 wrote:
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 :(
I know. I am going walking that day and I doubt they will fly, but maybe some colonies will have been done overwintering, who knows. Last year, I've had tetramorium still foraging for some apples late into November in 40-50 degree weather. P. imparis too, though that is no surprise. A Nylanderia flavipes colony in my yard also started slowing down late.
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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17347Post noebl1
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:37 am

Nathant wrote:
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:20 am
I know. I am going walking that day and I doubt they will fly, but maybe some colonies will have been done overwintering, who knows. Last year, I've had tetramorium still foraging for some apples late into November in 40-50 degree weather. P. imparis too, though that is no surprise. A Nylanderia flavipes colony in my yard also started slowing down late.
I haven't seen any ants yet, but noticed some flies yesterday on the windows, so insects are starting to wake up. My L. Alienus and Tetramorium in hibernation are both starting to get more active. Still holding on until March before I warm them up, but maybe earlier March than later now...
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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17349Post Nathant
Mon Feb 20, 2017 12:38 pm

noebl1 wrote:
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:37 am
Nathant wrote:
Mon Feb 20, 2017 10:20 am
I know. I am going walking that day and I doubt they will fly, but maybe some colonies will have been done overwintering, who knows. Last year, I've had tetramorium still foraging for some apples late into November in 40-50 degree weather. P. imparis too, though that is no surprise. A Nylanderia flavipes colony in my yard also started slowing down late.
I haven't seen any ants yet, but noticed some flies yesterday on the windows, so insects are starting to wake up. My L. Alienus and Tetramorium in hibernation are both starting to get more active. Still holding on until March before I warm them up, but maybe earlier March than later now...
I'll be waking my queens up March 15. I sure hope the ants in the wild wake up soon. Will be quite cool heading into this anting season way more knowledgeable than before.
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-1x Lasius claviger (1 queen)
-3x Lasius umbratus OR speculiventris (all of one queen)
-9x other unidentified Lasius (all of one queen)
-1x Camponotus pennsylvanicus (1 queen)

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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17438Post Nathant
Wed Feb 22, 2017 4:55 pm

Found a P. imparis worker foraging while snow was still in the ground about an hour ago. (Methuen) Tough little girls.
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-1x Lasius claviger (1 queen)
-3x Lasius umbratus OR speculiventris (all of one queen)
-9x other unidentified Lasius (all of one queen)
-1x Camponotus pennsylvanicus (1 queen)

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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17468Post Nathant
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:08 am

Wow! It looks like it will get quite warm at 2-3 pm. High sixties. I'll definitely go looking although it still seems a little too cool for you know what.
Beginner ant keeper in New England!

Keeper of:

-1x Lasius claviger (1 queen)
-3x Lasius umbratus OR speculiventris (all of one queen)
-9x other unidentified Lasius (all of one queen)
-1x Camponotus pennsylvanicus (1 queen)

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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17469Post noebl1
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:45 am

Nathant wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:08 am
Wow! It looks like it will get quite warm at 2-3 pm. High sixties. I'll definitely go looking although it still seems a little too cool for you know what.
Got a handful of test tubes in my work bag just in case :)
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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17470Post Nathant
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:49 am

noebl1 wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:45 am
Nathant wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 10:08 am
Wow! It looks like it will get quite warm at 2-3 pm. High sixties. I'll definitely go looking although it still seems a little too cool for you know what.
Got a handful of test tubes in my work bag just in case :)
Good luck to you.

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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17472Post Nathant
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:06 pm

I tried looking for a while where I often find P.imparis but I didn't find anything. Might be a little too cool, and there was still a bit of snow on the ground so that might have been the problem.
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-1x Lasius claviger (1 queen)
-3x Lasius umbratus OR speculiventris (all of one queen)
-9x other unidentified Lasius (all of one queen)
-1x Camponotus pennsylvanicus (1 queen)

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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17473Post noebl1
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:11 pm

Nathant wrote:
Thu Feb 23, 2017 3:06 pm
I tried looking for a while where I often find P.imparis but I didn't find anything. Might be a little too cool, and there was still a bit of snow on the ground so that might have been the problem.
No luck here either. I'll probably walk around a bit this evening when I get home, but agree probably too much snow (still 8-10" on the ground at my house.)
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Re: Massachusetts Flight Sightings

Post: # 17490Post Nathant
Fri Feb 24, 2017 10:06 am

I can tell you this: Prenolepis imparis are very active right now. No alates, but they are foraging like nuts. I am slightly convinced we could possibly be seeing at least some alates later.
Beginner ant keeper in New England!

Keeper of:

-1x Lasius claviger (1 queen)
-3x Lasius umbratus OR speculiventris (all of one queen)
-9x other unidentified Lasius (all of one queen)
-1x Camponotus pennsylvanicus (1 queen)

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