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Re: Catching Queens During Nuptial Flight

Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 5:05 am
by xiangzai94
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.

Re: Catching Queens During Nuptial Flight

Posted: Wed Jun 20, 2018 10:21 am
by Jadeninja9
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.
Start your own ID Thread and find out how to post photos by using imgur.com.

Re: Catching Queens During Nuptial Flight

Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:01 am
by Fayestone
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.

Re: Catching Queens During Nuptial Flight

Posted: Thu Aug 09, 2018 1:03 pm
by KimNorway
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.

Re: Catching Queens During Nuptial Flight

Posted: Tue Sep 04, 2018 3:48 am
by Hunter36o
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.

Re: Catching Queens During Nuptial Flight

Posted: Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:09 am
by AusAnts
found about 10 iridomyrmex sp Queens over the last 5 weeks or so... Very common species in Australia. might needa join the gan project soon.