Tachinid Flies - the bane of my existence!

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notmyidea
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Tachinid Flies - the bane of my existence!

Post: # 19935Post notmyidea
Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:56 pm

I collected 27 Lasius alienus Queens last summer.
I now have only 10! :cry:
I lost 5 for unknown reasons but the other dozen had this:

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The Queens aren't dead yet....but the writing is on the wall :cry:

Then I saw a video from AntsCanada:
which explains it all.

These Queens are really tough. I only have two with eggs. I've been 3 for 4 with Formica Queens.

I kind of think these flies must know when nuptial flights are and wait for the Queens since I have such a high rate of this happening.

Martialis
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Re: Tachinid Flies - the bane of my existence!

Post: # 20013Post Martialis
Mon Apr 24, 2017 12:37 pm

Yikes! Sorry about that luck.
Keeper of

Tapinoma sessile

Tetramorium caespitum

Camponotus chromaiodes

Selliing:

xTNxANTMANx
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Re: Tachinid Flies - the bane of my existence!

Post: # 20205Post xTNxANTMANx
Thu Apr 27, 2017 4:24 am

WOW! For some reason I m ew it had to be a fly of some sort. I have been a "bug nerd" since I was a kid but I gotta say, that's crazy you had that many infected. Nasty flies!!!
Keeping:
Camponotus castaneus
Camponotus subbarbatus
Camponotus pennsylvanicus x3
Crematogaster cerasi x2
Formica pallidefulva x3
Formica subsericea x3
Pheidole sp. x4
Tapinoma sessile
Tetramorium caspitum x2

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Re: Tachinid Flies - the bane of my existence!

Post: # 22662Post jsantswag
Fri Jun 09, 2017 11:09 pm

that is so weird! as soon as i saw you pictures i thought, oh no :shock:
i'm awesome and sell ant queens. :twisted:

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