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

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Post: # 76472Post AntLuvForever
Wed Apr 07, 2021 9:41 am

As som e of you know, i am planning to house a Pavement Ant Colony.
But i have problems lol :(. I dont know how i will catch them if they have nuptial flights in the night. I dont want to get ay fancy equipment cause I’m already broke :evil: lol
So got any tips? Should i make some sort of trap? Do pavement ants even fly in the night?
Thx for your help.
Ant Colonies I Own :

(lasius neoniger)—The Sugar Barons

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Post: # 76473Post AM1C39
Wed Apr 07, 2021 10:04 am

If they do fly in the night they will still most likely be walking around in the day.
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: Help

Post: # 76510Post cjerg9
Thu Apr 08, 2021 7:17 am

A good old torch and container. I’ve done it before. Sure it can be fiddly but it is a cheap and fool proof method. Get someone to hold the torch for you if you can. You should be able to see them walking around on the ground. Try to spotlight areas that are easy to spot ants on such as concrete slabs or bare batches of dirt.

I’ve found that most ants generally begin to fly just before it gets dark. So it is possible you can spot them at night.

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