Midwest Sightings Thread

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Midwest Sightings Thread

Post: # 16955Post MilesC
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:02 am

Hello! I'm new to the forums and didn't see a thread around for us midwestern states.

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If you live in this region, this is the thread to keep an eye on.

Happy hunting!

Martialis
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Re: Midwest Sightings Thread

Post: # 16956Post Martialis
Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:43 am

I had one for the great lakes region and Kentucky.. But this one seems much better! :)

I read in literature that the flights for Prenolepis imparis will start in late March and continue into April, at least for Indiana.
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Kristin
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Re: Midwest Sightings Thread

Post: # 67408Post Kristin
Sun Feb 09, 2020 8:21 am

Looks like this thread is a few years old but checking in anyway. Hello from Minnesota!

KlassicKent
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Re: Midwest Sightings Thread

Post: # 68520Post KlassicKent
Thu Mar 26, 2020 9:54 am

Wisconsinite checking in here. Never caught a queen ant but I’ve looked for them before. Hoping to catch one this year. Any idea for what type of soil to use? I’ve already built an ant farm.

Bradford
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Re: Midwest Sightings Thread

Post: # 68819Post Bradford
Wed Apr 08, 2020 6:22 pm

Michigan also checkin' in. My supplies are all in place, and ready to go. Now it's just a waiting game with the weather.

Bradford
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Re: Midwest Sightings Thread

Post: # 69545Post Bradford
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:09 pm

The winter ants (Prenolepis imparis) are flying north west of Detroit. I was poking around my front porch, not really looking for ants, and happened to see a small ant hill with alates wandering around preparing for a flight. I knew with the weather forecast for rain the flight probably wouldn't happen, so I started looking around thinking where there's one there's probably more. Almost immediately I spotted a mated queen, then another and in about a half hour I had four queens. Unfortunately I accidentally squished one :( Since they are polygynous I placed two in one test tube and one in the other. Right now they are safe and sound and won't be disturbed for the few weeks.

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CabboAntsGuy
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Re: Midwest Sightings Thread

Post: # 69546Post CabboAntsGuy
Wed Apr 29, 2020 2:28 pm

Another Wisconsinite here for the fun. I'd really like to meet some other people in my area, and also to know when flight's are.
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PlantManMike
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Re: Midwest Sightings Thread

Post: # 69564Post PlantManMike
Thu Apr 30, 2020 2:42 am

Checking in from central WI. I'm hoping to start a colony this year. Any tips for queen hunting from someone local-ish would be appreciated!
Thanks!

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Re: Midwest Sightings Thread

Post: # 69569Post CabboAntsGuy
Thu Apr 30, 2020 8:05 am

Hey PlantManMike, I'm from Monroe County in Wisconsin, What county are you from?(so as not to ask for city for privacy reasons)
I keep a few queens and am always looking for more. You won't find many queens flying this time of year, but mid summer and later closer to fall you'll find a lot of them flying. A common species here is Camponotus Pennsylvanicus, or Black Carpenter Ant. They are big ants and grow rather slowly compared to some, making them great beginner species. If you need any more info just ask.
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The Camponotus Crew! https://forum.AntsCanada.com/viewtopic.php?f=25&t=15267
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Re: Midwest Sightings Thread

Post: # 69576Post QJH2023
Thu Apr 30, 2020 9:50 am

hello from Minnesota
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