New Zealand 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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william10
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Re: New Zealand nuptial flights

Post: # 69857Post william10
Sat May 09, 2020 7:53 pm

Hello, my son who lives in Wellington NZ is keen to get into ant farming as a hobby. Is there anywhere in NZ you can buy some equipment to get started? Thank you

xocharxo
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Re: New Zealand nuptial flights

Post: # 72160Post xocharxo
Thu Jul 09, 2020 2:48 am

Hi there, I am also in NZ, long time ant watcher but looking into keeping and have no idea where to start. Would love any advice from anyone on the best places to get get any type of housing and when I can expect to see nuptial fights in Wellington.

Loolmanlegacy
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Re: New Zealand nuptial flights

Post: # 72665Post Loolmanlegacy
Fri Jul 31, 2020 5:11 pm

Hi I'm in Australia (right next to you guys!). I'm so thrilled to hear that nuptial flights are occurring, because that means I'll see them soon too!

Edit: I would have gone to ant keeping depot to get stuff but due to COVID I don't think it's safe. I will see what I can find
Keeper of:
1x Iridomyrmex bickenilli, first workers

Roytilia
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Re: New Zealand nuptial flights

Post: # 75021Post Roytilia
Sun Jan 03, 2021 11:47 pm

It's the middle of New Zealands summer season but where I am in Auckland it rained heavy yesterday and today its been very sunny, this morning I saw two ant spots outside swarming with male ants and throughout today I've been spotting two different types of queen ants, not sure if I'm stating the obvious but now might be a good time for queen hunting

edmund
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Re: New Zealand nuptial flights

Post: # 76399Post edmund
Mon Apr 05, 2021 9:33 pm

im new to ants and dont know what time or place to find queens i live in dunedin

cjerg9
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Re: New Zealand nuptial flights

Post: # 76400Post cjerg9
Tue Apr 06, 2021 1:31 am

Just curious, is it autumn for you guys too? It is here in Aus. What kinda species have you guys been catching?

WHTKalus
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Re: New Zealand nuptial flights

Post: # 76414Post WHTKalus
Tue Apr 06, 2021 4:15 am

I got a queen like two months ago in Blenheim in a vineyard, and now one last week here in Nelson, they are quite different, but I can't find info about NZ species. I posted in the Identification centre of the forum the pics of them. I hope someone can help.

Stelio713
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Re: New Zealand nuptial flights

Post: # 77462Post Stelio713
Sun May 09, 2021 8:59 pm

Hey guys I was just wondering what the best ant species in New Zealand to keep as I would like to start this hobby in the next nuptial flight

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Re: New Zealand nuptial flights

Post: # 77474Post AM1C39
Mon May 10, 2021 6:38 am

I have heard that sugar ants are great.
My current colonies:
The miniature military(formica neogagates)
the power of war(camponotus novaeborecensis)
the black hearts(crematogaster cerasi
the blazing nation(Myrmica alaskensis)

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Re: New Zealand nuptial flights

Post: # 77555Post cjerg9
Wed May 12, 2021 2:41 am

Stelio713 wrote:
Sun May 09, 2021 8:59 pm
Hey guys I was just wondering what the best ant species in New Zealand to keep as I would like to start this hobby in the next nuptial flight
Iridomyrmex, Pheidole or Camponotus (sugar ant) species. They are all fully claustral that are tolerant and grow well.

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