Can I Still Catch A Queen Right Now In West Virginia?

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Too Late To Catch A Queen In WV?

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jaagie
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Can I Still Catch A Queen Right Now In West Virginia?

Post: # 49179Post jaagie
Sun Sep 02, 2018 10:53 pm

So, I am new to ant keeping. I have keep a lot of other types of animals and a few different insects but never ants.
I am currently living in West Virginia attending a PA school out here. I am wondering if it is too late in the neptial season to catch a queen.
Do you have any pointers?
TIA

AntsDakota
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Re: Can I Still Catch A Queen Right Now In West Virginia?

Post: # 49254Post AntsDakota
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:03 pm

Lasius fly in a few days. Myrmica follow. You could also find Brachymyrmex or Crematogaster if you're lucky.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

jaagie
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Re: Can I Still Catch A Queen Right Now In West Virginia?

Post: # 49282Post jaagie
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:59 pm

AntsDakota wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:03 pm
Lasius fly in a few days. Myrmica follow. You could also find Brachymyrmex or Crematogaster if you're lucky.
Do you know when the Lasius will fly? Any tips on snagging one? I really appreciate it.

Diamondking
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Re: Can I Still Catch A Queen Right Now In West Virginia?

Post: # 49285Post Diamondking
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:25 pm

I live in New York and I caught two crematogastor queens today. I saw a third, but was not fast enough to snag it. I would say that it might be a little tough to get queens right now, but it is true that Lasius are flying now, especially Lasius Neoniger, the Labor Day ant!

Good luck hunting!
Keeping:
x1 Lasius Neoniger
x2 Crematogastor

Diamondking
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Re: Can I Still Catch A Queen Right Now In West Virginia?

Post: # 49287Post Diamondking
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:27 pm

jaagie wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:59 pm
AntsDakota wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:03 pm
Lasius fly in a few days. Myrmica follow. You could also find Brachymyrmex or Crematogaster if you're lucky.
Do you know when the Lasius will fly? Any tips on snagging one? I really appreciate it.
Try looking for them near parks or places with dirt or sand. Keep an eye out, as they are good at sneaking by unnoticed
Keeping:
x1 Lasius Neoniger
x2 Crematogastor

jaagie
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Re: Can I Still Catch A Queen Right Now In West Virginia?

Post: # 49289Post jaagie
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:34 pm

So you think in just a few days is when they are going to fly then?
Also is it best to look for them in the am or when?

Diamondking
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Re: Can I Still Catch A Queen Right Now In West Virginia?

Post: # 49291Post Diamondking
Mon Sep 03, 2018 3:36 pm

They should start flying in the next few days. The best time to look is from 11 am to about 3 pm
Keeping:
x1 Lasius Neoniger
x2 Crematogastor

AntsDakota
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Re: Can I Still Catch A Queen Right Now In West Virginia?

Post: # 49438Post AntsDakota
Tue Sep 04, 2018 5:33 pm

jaagie wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 2:59 pm
AntsDakota wrote:
Mon Sep 03, 2018 1:03 pm
Lasius fly in a few days. Myrmica follow. You could also find Brachymyrmex or Crematogaster if you're lucky.
Do you know when the Lasius will fly? Any tips on snagging one? I really appreciate it.
Around Labor day. There are smaller flights throughout the rest of September. You can find them on the ground, but they sometimes hang out on decorative grasses, or on flat partially inclosed areas like a trampoline. They look like a swarm of beetles flying through the air, and they are pretty slow fliers so you can catch them with a simple butterfly net.
"God made every kind of wild beasts and every kind of livestock and every kind of creeping things;" (including ants) "and God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:25

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