Camponotus alates in March??

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PhillyAnts
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Camponotus alates in March??

Post: # 34890Post PhillyAnts
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:17 am

Last week I caught a queen elate that I think is a Camponotus sp., relatively large and there were major and minor workers also around the room to compare to and she loves pulling cotton, she was in a bedroom indoors.

At first I thought she must have hibernated and come back out of the cracks indoors and just still had her wings, but then I found several males around the house... This is in March/April in Philadelphia, PA, USA, it's freezing outside...

Anyone heard of alates spawning at weird times if the colony lives in the walls of a house / indoors?

Also is it a bad idea to throw a male in with her to ensure she's mated?

PTasker15
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Re: Camponotus alates in March??

Post: # 34998Post PTasker15
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:06 pm

Yup.
Colonies:
1 T.Melanocephalum
1 Tetramourium Binarcairtuml
Founding:
4 Camponotus Sayi
3 Crematogaster Ashmeadi
4 Hypoponera Ocpacior
1 Psudomyrmex Ejectus
1 Baraponera Texana(Species Of ant I Found)
3 Camponotus Pysnllvanicus
Dream Species-Atta Texana

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antnest8
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Re: Camponotus alates in March??

Post: # 35001Post antnest8
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:13 pm

maybe it is just a weird sp. quirk :?
almost one year of ant keeping :D

keeping:
a restarting camponotus queen
one crematogaster queen
and a bunch of lasius umbratus queens (to lazy to count them all) :lol:

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