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by notmyidea
Sun Aug 23, 2015 5:22 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Termite Keeping
Replies: 25
Views: 10583

Re: Termite Keeping

Tylosaurus wrote:
notmyidea wrote:Funny you mention Termites, I went for a walk on the beach a few nights ago and they were flying everywhere! Nuptial time I guess.
Lol what state, if not what country
BC, Canada. They love that moist rotten wood that washes up on shore!
by notmyidea
Sun Aug 23, 2015 4:44 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Termite Keeping
Replies: 25
Views: 10583

Re: Termite Keeping

Funny you mention Termites, I went for a walk on the beach a few nights ago and they were flying everywhere! Nuptial time I guess.
by notmyidea
Sun Aug 23, 2015 4:39 pm
Forum: General Ant Talk
Topic: Is this a queen?
Replies: 3
Views: 840

Re: Is this a queen?

I am guessing no, just from the this top-down view; a side-view would have been better. Look for scars on the side of her thorax where the wings used to be. I was in the same situation and found the scars that confirmed it was a queen! It is quite easy to see it, when you look closely. I am going to...
by notmyidea
Sun Aug 23, 2015 4:32 pm
Forum: Nuptial Flight Schedules and Sightings
Topic: Questions about Nuptial Flights
Replies: 2
Views: 822

Re: Questions about Nuptial Flights

Jonathan21700 wrote:Yes, it's normal. It's called pleometrosis when several queens dig a nest and raise brood together. Some species live with many queens while some kill all but one (strongest one) when the workers are born.
Thanks for the info. Hmmm, I thought Lasius was monogynous. Are these not Lasius??
by notmyidea
Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:55 am
Forum: Nuptial Flight Schedules and Sightings
Topic: Questions about Nuptial Flights
Replies: 2
Views: 822

Questions about Nuptial Flights

So I recorded some video of a Nuptial Flight (I believe Lasius) , and have a couple of questions:

Do queens normally cooperate in digging (as seen in the beginning of the video)?

Do only the queens break off their wings? Do the males just drop dead, wings and all after mating?

My vid:
by notmyidea
Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:35 am
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Lasius Neoniger?
Replies: 3
Views: 1211

Re: Lasius Neoniger?

I think it actually might be Formica. But I'm new, don't take my word for it! ;)
by notmyidea
Sun Aug 16, 2015 11:48 pm
Forum: The AntsCanada Ant Main Forums
Topic: Ant mega-colony takes over world
Replies: 5
Views: 1596

Re: Ant mega-colony takes over world

Fascinating read, thanks for posting :)
by notmyidea
Sat Aug 15, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Nuptial Flight Schedules and Sightings
Topic: Lasius sp Nuptial Flight Pacific Northwest (North America)
Replies: 0
Views: 641

Lasius sp Nuptial Flight Pacific Northwest (North America)

So this happened this week:


I think it is Lasius Neoniger. The queens seem to be digging together. Is that common? That can't end well.

Here's a queen removing her wings:


And more queens digging:
by notmyidea
Sat Aug 01, 2015 6:29 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Newbie Seeking Ident
Replies: 4
Views: 886

Re: Newbie Seeking Ident

Thanks for the responses. I definitely agree, a Formica species. I am tending towards fusca but could very well be cinerea.

The second queen has already taken off her wings (after a few hours)!! :)
by notmyidea
Sat Aug 01, 2015 4:26 pm
Forum: Ant Species Identification Center
Topic: Newbie Seeking Ident
Replies: 4
Views: 886

Re: Newbie Seeking Ident

Hopefully Images will show now:

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