Help with Queens

Questions from those who are just starting or considering getting into the ant keeping hobby. If you’re intimidated or confused by the in-depth posts of the other sections of this forum, feel free to post here, and we'll start from square one!

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RagingAuroch
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Help with Queens

Post: # 59755Post RagingAuroch
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:04 pm

I've been watching videos and admiring ant colonies for years now. That being said, I'm just now allowed to get one myself (wife hates insects) and I just don't have much time to catch one myself. I'm looking for tips as to when the best times to capture are specifically because I only have 4 or 5 hours free on the weekends and maybe a hour a day before the sun sets.

Also I've looked for a colony via the AntsCanada site but none in my area are available. Not only that but I'd like to be there from the beginning with my first tiny Empress lol

Camponotus
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Re: Help with Queens

Post: # 59764Post Camponotus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 10:57 am

Look on hot days after rainstorms from 11 to 15

Camponotus
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Re: Help with Queens

Post: # 59766Post Camponotus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:01 am

If you want to find species like camponotus look on nature trails wwith trees and if you want to find usually other spicies look for them on pavements next to grass

RagingAuroch
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Re: Help with Queens

Post: # 59776Post RagingAuroch
Mon Jun 24, 2019 11:47 am

Thank you for a swift reply but I work from 0400 to 1700 daily, so I guess I'm gonna miss prime time to catch. Perhaps I'll be fortunate enough to happen upon a straggler.

Camponotus
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Re: Help with Queens

Post: # 59785Post Camponotus
Mon Jun 24, 2019 1:24 pm

Maybe you find some next to your work place

RagingAuroch
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Re: Help with Queens

Post: # 59826Post RagingAuroch
Tue Jun 25, 2019 6:04 pm

Sadly it's a steel mill in a different state. It doesn't seem like a big deal but I don't want to transport over state lines

RagingAuroch
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Re: Help with Queens

Post: # 59890Post RagingAuroch
Thu Jun 27, 2019 1:22 pm

You were right! I happened upon what seems to be a Camponotus Pennsylvanicus queen. She's massive :lol: and wants to lay some eggs I hope. I had also found one belonging to the Formica genus but she drowned in her test tube sadly

Camponotus
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Re: Help with Queens

Post: # 59895Post Camponotus
Thu Jun 27, 2019 3:47 pm

Amazing spicies!!

RagingAuroch
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Re: Help with Queens

Post: # 60097Post RagingAuroch
Sun Jun 30, 2019 9:21 pm

I give up. This was my third queen. One escaped, one drown, and now a wild colony has pulled out the cotton on her test tube and killed my camponotus queen. I don't have the time to look for more and I got yelled at for looking at work. I won't be joining yall this year I guess

Camponotus
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Re: Help with Queens

Post: # 60108Post Camponotus
Mon Jul 01, 2019 2:18 am

Don't give up.I foundmy queens when I wasnt't even lookin for them.Put her in place in your house so that can't happen again

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