Massive Nupital Flight

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

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cjerg9
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Massive Nupital Flight

Post: # 77066Post cjerg9
Wed Apr 28, 2021 12:52 am

Massive nupital flight in Australia in the state of Victoria. I caught about ten queens. They look to be of the Iridomyrmex “rainbow ants” genus. They were just wondering and flying all over the place many with males. I saw it happened in the Maryborough region of VIC.

danielw
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Re: Massive Nupital Flight

Post: # 77067Post danielw
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:11 am

Im in adelaide and the pheidole sp are having a massive nuptial flight right now.
2x iridomyrmex purpureus
1x rhytydoponera metallica
1x camponotus consibrinis
1x myrmecia pyriformis
1x iridomyrmex bickneli
2x pheidole sp

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Re: Massive Nupital Flight

Post: # 77071Post AntLuvForever
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:01 am

As man! I live in michigan and my dream colony is a big headed ant colony. But then again, if i have them then they will be an invasive species in my area tho.
Ant Colonies I Own :

(lasius neoniger)—The Sugar Barons

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Re: Massive Nupital Flight

Post: # 77075Post AM1C39
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:55 am

Most ants in my area are still in hibernation. :?
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: Massive Nupital Flight

Post: # 77094Post cjerg9
Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:27 pm

AM1C39 wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:55 am
Most ants in my area are still in hibernation. :?
Australia has the weirdest climates unfortunately we went from having 12 degrees c days to jumping up to 25 degrees c

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Re: Massive Nupital Flight

Post: # 77095Post cjerg9
Wed Apr 28, 2021 5:28 pm

danielw wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 2:11 am
Im in adelaide and the pheidole sp are having a massive nuptial flight right now.
Lucky! I believe I might have two Pheidole queens they haven’t laid yet though.

danielw
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Re: Massive Nupital Flight

Post: # 77107Post danielw
Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:12 pm

Yeah I may have got too excited and collected to many queens. However pheidole are polygynous so I am trying to start a couple of multi-queen colonies.
2x iridomyrmex purpureus
1x rhytydoponera metallica
1x camponotus consibrinis
1x myrmecia pyriformis
1x iridomyrmex bickneli
2x pheidole sp

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Re: Massive Nupital Flight

Post: # 77108Post cjerg9
Thu Apr 29, 2021 12:38 am

danielw wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:12 pm
Yeah I may have got too excited and collected to many queens. However pheidole are polygynous so I am trying to start a couple of multi-queen colonies.
That’s true I definitely got carried away as well but good thing is they are native so you can always release them back to the wild.

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Re: Massive Nupital Flight

Post: # 77118Post danielw
Thu Apr 29, 2021 4:58 am

Myrmecia are also flying right now in adelaide. Picked up 2 pyriformis queens today.
2x iridomyrmex purpureus
1x rhytydoponera metallica
1x camponotus consibrinis
1x myrmecia pyriformis
1x iridomyrmex bickneli
2x pheidole sp

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Re: Massive Nupital Flight

Post: # 77119Post cjerg9
Thu Apr 29, 2021 5:14 am

Lucky, I’ve been searching all over for Bullants I found a few when I was down suburbia way (all workers though) but now I’m back in the countryside and I don’t find as many down here unfortunately. Happened that Pheidole also had a nuptial flight in VIC too I found a queen today.

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