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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DarkRaven
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Re: Florida nuptial flights

Post: # 68698Post DarkRaven
Sat Apr 04, 2020 9:01 pm

I haven't seen anything yet up here in jacksonville!

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DarkRaven
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Post: # 68785Post DarkRaven
Tue Apr 07, 2020 8:03 pm

Tons of Fire Ant queens out here in jacksonville today. Caught 10 queens all in test tube setups. We will see if they are fertile!

Tarantula
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Re: Florida nuptial flights

Post: # 69310Post Tarantula
Fri Apr 24, 2020 6:28 am

I just found a queen carpenter ant in Ocala. Wanted to keep her, but im at work and have nothing to put her in. So, i ended up releasing her outside to find a new home.

Miasmacloud
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Re: Florida nuptial flights

Post: # 69481Post Miasmacloud
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:10 pm

Caught 16 fire ant queens after a big storm yesterday.

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DarkRaven
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Re: Florida nuptial flights

Post: # 69988Post DarkRaven
Sat May 16, 2020 11:05 am

Found a Camponotus sp. in my kitchen running around.... pleasant surprise! (Jacksonville, FL.)

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