Florida 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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Bugcrusher
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Florida nuptial flights

Post: # 67342Post Bugcrusher
Wed Feb 05, 2020 10:39 am

Any sightings in central Florida? Looking for camponotus species.

Kosh0606
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Re: Florida nuptial flights

Post: # 67421Post Kosh0606
Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:23 am

Only thing I've seen so far was a single fire ant colony with a few alates swarming the day after after a storm. I did manage to find a pair of termite alates after that same storm, so I'm giving them a try. Hopefully alates will start swarming soon as the weather starts warming up within the next month. I'd love to get a camponotus queen, they're right up there on my list with along with odontomachus. I'll keep my eyes out and try to come back here when I've found something.

Kosh0606
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Re: Florida nuptial flights

Post: # 67798Post Kosh0606
Mon Mar 02, 2020 10:53 am

Just found the first queen ant of the nuptial season. She seemed very slow-moving, but I’m hoping that’s just because of the cold weather. I believe it’s a pheidole queen, found at 8:30 am on a clear day, temp. was about 56F. The hunt is on!

Bugcrusher
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Re: Florida nuptial flights

Post: # 67844Post Bugcrusher
Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:59 am

Most nests I have come across in and around Lakeland FL have a few alate adults, but more are still in the pupae stage. A week or three should see a queen Bonanza around here.

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