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About Winter Ants?

Post: # 16479Post SpeciesK
Fri Jan 27, 2017 7:43 am

Somewhere, I forget where :? , it talked about Winter Ants, which are active when its cold out and go inactive in the Summer. I wonder if they could be native to Indiana? That would be interesting. I actually looked around on the ground to see if I saw ANY ants yesterday when it had been sort of warm for a few days, but didn't see any insects at all. Do you know anyone who has kept Winter Ants?

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Re: About Winter Ants?

Post: # 16491Post Martialis
Fri Jan 27, 2017 10:02 am

SpeciesK wrote:Somewhere, I forget where :? , it talked about Winter Ants, which are active when its cold out and go inactive in the Summer. I wonder if they could be native to Indiana? That would be interesting. I actually looked around on the ground to see if I saw ANY ants yesterday when it had been sort of warm for a few days, but didn't see any insects at all. Do you know anyone who has kept Winter Ants?
Try looking at http://antmaps.org and http://antwiki.org. They've both got detailed info regarding many different species, including Prenolopis imaparis. They're actually more polygonous the further south in their range. As for nuptial flights, here's a bit from antwiki:
Mr. Burrill's observations show that the ants do very little excavating during the winter but that this sets in suddenly a few days before the nuptial flight. This, as I have frequently noticed, takes place as early as the latter fortnight of March or the first fortnight of April.


Fortnights are periods of two weeks.
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