Prenolepis imparis flight questions

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

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Whitelotus
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Prenolepis imparis flight questions

Post: # 66758Post Whitelotus
Tue Jan 21, 2020 2:46 pm

For those who live in North America, one of the first species to begin their nuptial flights in the the year is Prenolepis (aka the winter ant). If you have caught this genus early in the year, may I ask where you were able to locate the new queens and when was the time period you had caught the genus?

I have had terrible luck finding Prenolepis queens every year and would like to get a bit of advice or input from those who have successfully caught them.

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Re: Prenolepis imparis flight questions

Post: # 66760Post antnest8
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:39 pm

I find that the easiest place to catch prenolepis imparis is to first find a nest and then watch it for signs of nuptial flight, Then during the flight check the nearby area for queens, if need be you can follow the queen until it lands a mates.

Prenolepis nests are usually under or near trees, especially in woodchips. This is from experience of course.

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Re: Prenolepis imparis flight questions

Post: # 66761Post antnest8
Tue Jan 21, 2020 4:43 pm

Though After you find a queen (or several) make sure you watch them closely, I usually find that they are a very delicate species. of both the years I caught them they made it to the nanitics but then died off.

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