Pennsylvania and Nearby Locations Nuptial Flight Sightings Thread

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Alaydia
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Location: PA

Re: Pennsylvania and Nearby Locations Nuptial Flight Sightings Thread

Post: # 72038Post Alaydia
Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:54 am

Down near Pittsburgh, the big carpenters aren't flying right now, but still seeing some pavement ants.
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Main interest is C. Pennsylvanicus, interested in most native ants to my area.

SkeleAnt
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Location: Pennsylvania

Re: Pennsylvania and Nearby Locations Nuptial Flight Sightings Thread

Post: # 72387Post SkeleAnt
Sat Jul 18, 2020 12:16 am

I found a late carpenter ant queen a few days ago, and I've still encountered one or two pavement ant queens. Additionally I've found one medium sized black queen, not sure of the species yet, and my first formica subsericea of the season.
2 founding formica subsericea
1 aphaenogaster rudis
1 brachymyrmex depilis
More still founding!

SkeleAnt
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Re: Pennsylvania and Nearby Locations Nuptial Flight Sightings Thread

Post: # 73196Post SkeleAnt
Tue Aug 18, 2020 12:59 pm

Southwest PA, found a formica queen on the run today, so there might be some flights that happened this morning!
2 founding formica subsericea
1 aphaenogaster rudis
1 brachymyrmex depilis
More still founding!

SkeleAnt
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Re: Pennsylvania and Nearby Locations Nuptial Flight Sightings Thread

Post: # 73322Post SkeleAnt
Mon Aug 24, 2020 12:20 pm

Crematogasters are finally out and about in SW PA! I got lucky and found 4 in my backyard today. Good luck hunting!!
2 founding formica subsericea
1 aphaenogaster rudis
1 brachymyrmex depilis
More still founding!

AntsOfLehighValley
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Location: Whitehall, Pennsylvania

Re: Pennsylvania and Nearby Locations Nuptial Flight Sightings Thread

Post: # 74556Post AntsOfLehighValley
Mon Nov 16, 2020 12:58 pm

Nuptial flights seem to have ended with the last being a small Lasius neoniger and parasitic Lasius spp. flight. Waiting for the Prenolepis imparis flights in Feb-Apr!

wthesing
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Location: SE Pennsylvania

Re: Pennsylvania and Nearby Locations Nuptial Flight Sightings Thread

Post: # 77121Post wthesing
Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:32 am

Caught a Camponotus queen last night with small blacklight setup. Suburban Philadelphia area.
This is my 1st.

wthesing
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Re: Pennsylvania and Nearby Locations Nuptial Flight Sightings Thread

Post: # 77122Post wthesing
Thu Apr 29, 2021 6:56 am

Data to above:

04/28/2021, 2103 hrs, Temp 78*F, RH 49%, Wind WNW calm to < 2 mph, 75% cloud cover, dry w/o rain in 4 days.

SkeleAnt
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Re: Pennsylvania and Nearby Locations Nuptial Flight Sightings Thread

Post: # 78301Post SkeleAnt
Mon Jun 07, 2021 3:56 pm

Just caught a nice black carpenter ant queen today, SW PA. There will probably be another flight tomorrow if it rains this evening.
2 founding formica subsericea
1 aphaenogaster rudis
1 brachymyrmex depilis
More still founding!

wthesing
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Location: SE Pennsylvania

Re: Pennsylvania and Nearby Locations Nuptial Flight Sightings Thread

Post: # 78303Post wthesing
Mon Jun 07, 2021 6:44 pm

Good for you! I've been setting up my light whenever I thought conditions were favorable, but no luck since. My queen still has her wings, and is preoccupied with tearing the cotton apart at the opening end of her test tube setup. I have a funny feeling she may not be fertile, just an early flier. Conditions will be better starting tomorrow, and some rain may be coming within a day or two.

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