Rain and nuptial flights

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

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HaydenP
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Rain and nuptial flights

Post: # 48783Post HaydenP
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:22 am

hi, yesterday there was rain where I live (southeast Louisiana) and after 2 weeks of searching, I finally found a cluster of queens around a nest preparing for the nuptial flight. This was at around 9:30 am. I know they are not fertilized, so I decided to check back up later. At around 11, I saw they were still there, but then it started raining and I saw some go back in the nest. Will the nuptial flights still happen today (it stopped raining) or should I just check back tomorrow? The alates were almost the size of the worker carpenter ants I see all the time if size matters in any way.
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idahoantgirl
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Re: Rain and nuptial flights

Post: # 48787Post idahoantgirl
Wed Aug 29, 2018 11:50 am

Maybe, maybe not. Ants can be unpredictable. Rains don't necessarily predict flights.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

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