Do you know about what ants are in Victoria, BC, CAN?

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Dubulba
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Do you know about what ants are in Victoria, BC, CAN?

Post: # 11277Post Dubulba
Sun Sep 18, 2016 6:51 am

Hello I'm planning on getting into ant keeping but it's getting cold and the ant colony that's probably in front of my house hasn't been walking around lately so I think the ants around my area are hibernating (please tell me if you believe I'm wrong) so before it becomes time for ants to start flying I want to know what ants are in my area. so if any of you BC ant lovers want to share your knowledge that would be wonderful :)
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Re: Do you know about what ants are in Victoria, BC, CAN?

Post: # 11280Post Batspiderfish
Sun Sep 18, 2016 9:22 am

http://www.antmaps.org/?

I know that somebody from Washington has been finding Formica and Lasius. Warm days after rain are normally a good time to look, but at this time of year, the ants aren't as picky -- so long as it is not windy.
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Re: Do you know about what ants are in Victoria, BC, CAN?

Post: # 11301Post notmyidea
Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:49 am

I find mainly Lasius alienus and Formica podzolica here. Between the last week of July and the first two weeks of August, there are literally thousands of Lasius alienus queens around. Formica fly then too. There's Carpenter ants and Pavement ants as well but I am too nervous about keeping Carpenter ants indoors and haven't had luck finding a Queen pavement ant. There's a few other species but the ones I find the most are the aforementioned Lasius and Formica.

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Re: Do you know about what ants are in Victoria, BC, CAN?

Post: # 11355Post Dubulba
Sun Sep 18, 2016 7:52 pm

notmyidea wrote:I find mainly Lasius alienus and Formica podzolica here. Between the last week of July and the first two weeks of August, there are literally thousands of Lasius alienus queens around. Formica fly then too. There's Carpenter ants and Pavement ants as well but I am too nervous about keeping Carpenter ants indoors and haven't had luck finding a Queen pavement ant. There's a few other species but the ones I find the most are the aforementioned Lasius and Formica.
I kinda want to do carpenter ants
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Re: Do you know about what ants are in Victoria, BC, CAN?

Post: # 11445Post Martialis
Mon Sep 19, 2016 11:26 am

Dubulba wrote:
notmyidea wrote:I find mainly Lasius alienus and Formica podzolica here. Between the last week of July and the first two weeks of August, there are literally thousands of Lasius alienus queens around. Formica fly then too. There's Carpenter ants and Pavement ants as well but I am too nervous about keeping Carpenter ants indoors and haven't had luck finding a Queen pavement ant. There's a few other species but the ones I find the most are the aforementioned Lasius and Formica.
I kinda want to do carpenter ants
Try waiting till next year. Carpenter ants will start flying then.
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