Nuptial Flights Europe (Eurasia)

Where and when are you finding queen ants? A section to share nuptial flight schedules by ant species and locality

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Thorond0r
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Re: Nuptial Flights Europe (Eurasia)

Post: # 41780Post Thorond0r
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:55 am

Awesome, well done!
I'd love to see some pics of your queens settling in ;)
We have the same drought here in the netherlands, but sadly only Lasius niger seems to enjoy it...
I've been checking up on some wild colonies every once in a while and though they have enlarged their nest openings like two weeks ago... no nuptial flights have happened yet as far i know.
But if they are flying in other countries i remain hopeful! Would love to get my hands on a Formica fusca myself! :D
First year of antkeeping, already enjoying it!

Currently founding:

Lasius niger
Lasius umbratus
Lasius flavus


Still hoping to find a Formica queen.

Thorond0r
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Re: Nuptial Flights Europe (Eurasia)

Post: # 41793Post Thorond0r
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:54 am

If the weather report can be trusted it looks like belgium will get some nice thunder and rain this afternoon/tonight...
So happy hunting tomorrow everyone living in belgium! Let us know if you catch anything :D
First year of antkeeping, already enjoying it!

Currently founding:

Lasius niger
Lasius umbratus
Lasius flavus


Still hoping to find a Formica queen.

AntsIkhlef
Posts: 126
Joined: Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:39 am
Location: Stockholm

Re: Nuptial Flights Europe (Eurasia)

Post: # 41822Post AntsIkhlef
Fri Jul 20, 2018 3:25 pm

Thorond0r wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 9:54 am
If the weather report can be trusted it looks like belgium will get some nice thunder and rain this afternoon/tonight...
So happy hunting tomorrow everyone living in belgium! Let us know if you catch anything :D
Dude! get ready 'coz the majority of the Alates will probably fly in case of a thunderstorm which could get crazy! :lol:

Good luck dude hope you find something!

P.S. pics will be posted!
Beginner here!
I am new to this and I have just founded my first colonies! :geek:

Keeper of:

2x Lasius niger
1x Lasius neglectus/i]

🐜❤️4ever

AntsIkhlef
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Location: Stockholm

Re: Nuptial Flights Europe (Eurasia)

Post: # 41876Post AntsIkhlef
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:32 am

Thorond0r wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:55 am
Awesome, well done!
I'd love to see some pics of your queens settling in ;)
We have the same drought here in the netherlands, but sadly only Lasius niger seems to enjoy it...
I've been checking up on some wild colonies every once in a while and though they have enlarged their nest openings like two weeks ago... no nuptial flights have happened yet as far i know.
But if they are flying in other countries i remain hopeful! Would love to get my hands on a Formica fusca myself! :D
Sorry for the waiting!

Here is the formica she has maybe 10 eggs now!

https://ibb.co/jwVr9J
https://ibb.co/g0o03d
Beginner here!
I am new to this and I have just founded my first colonies! :geek:

Keeper of:

2x Lasius niger
1x Lasius neglectus/i]

🐜❤️4ever

Thorond0r
Posts: 124
Joined: Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:50 am
Location: Rhenen, Netherlands

Re: Nuptial Flights Europe (Eurasia)

Post: # 41878Post Thorond0r
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:44 am

AntsIkhlef wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:32 am
Thorond0r wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:55 am
Awesome, well done!
I'd love to see some pics of your queens settling in ;)
We have the same drought here in the netherlands, but sadly only Lasius niger seems to enjoy it...
I've been checking up on some wild colonies every once in a while and though they have enlarged their nest openings like two weeks ago... no nuptial flights have happened yet as far i know.
But if they are flying in other countries i remain hopeful! Would love to get my hands on a Formica fusca myself! :D
Sorry for the waiting!

Here is the formica she has maybe 10 eggs now!

https://ibb.co/jwVr9J
https://ibb.co/g0o03d
Nice, looks like she has settled in nicely! Now for the looong wait untill nanitics :P
First year of antkeeping, already enjoying it!

Currently founding:

Lasius niger
Lasius umbratus
Lasius flavus


Still hoping to find a Formica queen.

ClashOwenBash
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:58 am
Location: Oxfordshire, England

Re: Nuptial Flights Europe (Eurasia)

Post: # 41885Post ClashOwenBash
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:26 am

Finally after multiple Lasius Niger nuptial flights for S.England, I've spotted lots of Lasius Flavus workers and occasionally some elates at small openings. I'm hopeful to finally see a Lasius Flavus nuptial flight for 2018!!! :D
Currently caring for a Lasius Niger colony :D

Founding: :)
Lasius Niger
Lasius Flavus
Myrmica Rubra

AntsIkhlef
Posts: 126
Joined: Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:39 am
Location: Stockholm

Re: Nuptial Flights Europe (Eurasia)

Post: # 41897Post AntsIkhlef
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:39 pm

ClashOwenBash wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:26 am
Finally after multiple Lasius Niger nuptial flights for S.England, I've spotted lots of Lasius Flavus workers and occasionally some elates at small openings. I'm hopeful to finally see a Lasius Flavus nuptial flight for 2018!!! :D
Nice! We are right now experiencing daily "mini-rains" in Swden which is pumping out humidity i the air!

Gotta get those test tubes ready!
Beginner here!
I am new to this and I have just founded my first colonies! :geek:

Keeper of:

2x Lasius niger
1x Lasius neglectus/i]

🐜❤️4ever

AntsIkhlef
Posts: 126
Joined: Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:39 am
Location: Stockholm

Re: Nuptial Flights Europe (Eurasia)

Post: # 41899Post AntsIkhlef
Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:13 pm

Thorond0r wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:44 am
AntsIkhlef wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 6:32 am
Thorond0r wrote:
Fri Jul 20, 2018 4:55 am
Awesome, well done!
I'd love to see some pics of your queens settling in ;)
We have the same drought here in the netherlands, but sadly only Lasius niger seems to enjoy it...
I've been checking up on some wild colonies every once in a while and though they have enlarged their nest openings like two weeks ago... no nuptial flights have happened yet as far i know.
But if they are flying in other countries i remain hopeful! Would love to get my hands on a Formica fusca myself! :D
Sorry for the waiting!

Here is the formica she has maybe 10 eggs now!

https://ibb.co/jwVr9J
https://ibb.co/g0o03d
Nice, looks like she has settled in nicely! Now for the looong wait untill nanitics :P
Ahh don't talk about it! :twisted: :D
Beginner here!
I am new to this and I have just founded my first colonies! :geek:

Keeper of:

2x Lasius niger
1x Lasius neglectus/i]

🐜❤️4ever

ClashOwenBash
Posts: 117
Joined: Sun Jul 15, 2018 1:58 am
Location: Oxfordshire, England

Re: Nuptial Flights Europe (Eurasia)

Post: # 41910Post ClashOwenBash
Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:54 pm

AntsIkhlef wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:39 pm
ClashOwenBash wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:26 am
Finally after multiple Lasius Niger nuptial flights for S.England, I've spotted lots of Lasius Flavus workers and occasionally some elates at small openings. I'm hopeful to finally see a Lasius Flavus nuptial flight for 2018!!! :D
Nice! We are right now experiencing daily "mini-rains" in Swden which is pumping out humidity i the air!

Gotta get those test tubes ready!
I was right. I'm currently surrounded with hundreds of mating Lasius Flavus elates! It feels like it's my birthday! :D
Currently caring for a Lasius Niger colony :D

Founding: :)
Lasius Niger
Lasius Flavus
Myrmica Rubra

Thorond0r
Posts: 124
Joined: Sun Jul 15, 2018 10:50 am
Location: Rhenen, Netherlands

Re: Nuptial Flights Europe (Eurasia)

Post: # 41922Post Thorond0r
Sat Jul 21, 2018 2:29 pm

ClashOwenBash wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 1:54 pm
AntsIkhlef wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 12:39 pm
ClashOwenBash wrote:
Sat Jul 21, 2018 11:26 am
Finally after multiple Lasius Niger nuptial flights for S.England, I've spotted lots of Lasius Flavus workers and occasionally some elates at small openings. I'm hopeful to finally see a Lasius Flavus nuptial flight for 2018!!! :D
Nice! We are right now experiencing daily "mini-rains" in Swden which is pumping out humidity i the air!

Gotta get those test tubes ready!
I was right. I'm currently surrounded with hundreds of mating Lasius Flavus elates! It feels like it's my birthday! :D
Awesome! Congrats ;) I hope some of them accidently fly over the sea and end up in my backyard xD
First year of antkeeping, already enjoying it!

Currently founding:

Lasius niger
Lasius umbratus
Lasius flavus


Still hoping to find a Formica queen.

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