Catching Queens During Nuptial Flight

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How many queens have you caught this summer?

0
6
9%
1
14
21%
5
22
33%
10
13
20%
I'm good 20+
11
17%
 
Total votes: 66

xiangzai94
Posts: 1
Joined: Wed Jun 20, 2018 4:57 am
Location: Malaysia

Re: Catching Queens During Nuptial Flight

Post: # 38346Post xiangzai94
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:05 am

Hi guys,
I found an ant yesterday during my way back home.
Is thr any way i can share the photo to identify whether is it a male or female?

Thanks.

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Jadeninja9
Posts: 735
Joined: Tue Feb 14, 2017 9:00 pm
Location: SF Bay Area, California

Re: Catching Queens During Nuptial Flight

Post: # 38364Post Jadeninja9
Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:21 am

xiangzai94 wrote:
Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:05 am
Hi guys,
I found an ant yesterday during my way back home.
Is thr any way i can share the photo to identify whether is it a male or female?

Thanks.
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Keeper of:
1x Camponotus Hyatti
7x Lasius alienus colonies

Founding:
1x Prenolepis imparis queen
1x Tetramorium immigrans
1x Camponotus cf. clarithorax

Fayestone
Posts: 11
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Location: Derby, England
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Re: Catching Queens During Nuptial Flight

Post: # 45972Post Fayestone
Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:01 am

I’ve found five, although let one go. They were all caught either in my garden or in my sisters garden. I really didn’t have to go far! 😅

My garden has a paved patio, so I would stand back and watch for movement. I was prepared to go searching in the woodland and meadow behind my house, but they were happy enough to come to me.

KimNorway
Posts: 16
Joined: Thu Aug 09, 2018 3:45 am
Location: Norway

Re: Catching Queens During Nuptial Flight

Post: # 47020Post KimNorway
Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:03 pm

Nuptial swarms is easy to spot, but I suspect some of the simplest swarms to see here I live, is male-only, Myrmica rubra.
What gender of ant which makes nuptial swarms varies a bit, it seems from a Google. I thought I was capturing a few Queens and leaving 1 or 2 males along them, and seems I got males only from the swarm, similar to gnats, the ants of Myrmica only have male swarms.
I also captured what i *thought* was ants mating, but I doubt they were....

So look for swarms, but don't capture male alates! Look around the swarm, etc. Unless you know the species you look at, got queen-only flights.

Hunter36o
Posts: 217
Joined: Fri Jun 15, 2018 9:57 am
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Re: Catching Queens During Nuptial Flight

Post: # 49350Post Hunter36o
Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:48 am

Okay I am from Ireland so our flights can be a little off compared to the rest of Europe. But from June right up to Sunday just gone Lasius Niger's have been flying on and off, very easy to spot the swarms as they are very common here. These generally have the highest peak of swarms around 5 - 6pm making catching queens so easy because they do be still walking around looking for new spot to dig the following afternoon. Housing estates along the path (sidewalk for Americans) seem to be the best bet for black garden ants and for me walking up the hills a small bit was good to find 2 Myrmica queens.

Determination and patience is all you need.
Officially caring for 4 Lasius colonies :D :D :D

Founding stage:
11x Lasius Niger
1x Myrmica Rubra
1x Myrmica ??

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