Colorado Nupital 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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JackieB
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Location: Aurora, Colorado

Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 41995Post JackieB
Sun Jul 22, 2018 10:29 am

There is supposed to be a ton of thunderstorms this week. Of course, it is Colorado so you never know lol. But I'm hoping we get those afternoon storms.
I know after rain storms is best to go looking, but when it rains well into the night (10PM or later), will most species wait to fly until dawn? Do they care if it is light out?

nick53588
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Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:11 am
Location: Denver, Colorado

Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 45690Post nick53588
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:40 am

Last night I caught 4 Solenopsis Molesta. The air was just thick with them. Was just before sunset. Also saw a Lasius Latipes colony preparing for Nuptial Flight.
Denver Metro, Colorado

x3 Tetramorium Immigrans queens (founding);
Multiple Pogonomyrmex occidentalis (founding)
x1 Lasius Latipes (Need Host Colony)
x2 Lasius sp? (founding)

FrankieS95
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Joined: Wed Aug 08, 2018 12:45 pm
Location: Boulder, CO

Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 47004Post FrankieS95
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:24 am

I just got into ant keeping recently and was unable to find any queens, but adopting with GAN so looking forward to next year! Are there any ant species that have nuptial flights past/around this time of year?

Sethinski
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Joined: Sat Jan 14, 2017 8:16 pm
Location: Grand Junction CO

Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 47263Post Sethinski
Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:46 pm

FrankieS95 wrote:
Thu Aug 09, 2018 6:24 am
I just got into ant keeping recently and was unable to find any queens, but adopting with GAN so looking forward to next year! Are there any ant species that have nuptial flights past/around this time of year?
I'm my area around grand junction at least, nuptial flight only happens once a year around June. So at this point in time i don't expect new queen until next year.

FrankieS95
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Location: Boulder, CO

Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 47267Post FrankieS95
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:28 pm

Ah that is a bummer, but there is rain upcoming so I guess I'll still try to find some. I'm around Boulder so if there's anyone around the area and could give me a few pointers that'd be amazing!

I did find an ant with wings in my bathroom but it wasn't laying eggs. It's abdomen didn't look big either so I let it go. It looked like a Lasius, do they fly this time of year in Boulder/Denver area? I read somewhere they fly from August to September, I just don't know if they do in my area.

Cal113
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Joined: Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:49 pm
Location: Louisville, Co

Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 47876Post Cal113
Sun Aug 19, 2018 2:36 am

So, there are still a whole heap of ants that will be flying this year, Lasius definitely and some other species. Right now I'm hoping to stumble onto a Formica fusca queen. I doubt it will happen, because I'm not going out and looking for them(I know I'm lazy but I already have a whole bunch of queens)... If anyone in Denver-Boulder area finds one I'd love to buy her and get to meet you!
Keeper of:

x3 Tetramorium caespitum queens (small colonies);
x1 Pogonomyrmex barbatus (med colony)
x1 Formica fusca single queen; (small colony)
x2 Unknown sp.; (founding)
x1 Temnothorax rugatalus (med colony)

nick53588
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Joined: Tue Jul 17, 2018 9:11 am
Location: Denver, Colorado

Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 48623Post nick53588
Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:02 am

Are you on Facebook? If so find the Colorado Ant Keepers page. We have a few members that have more Formica than they know what to do with.
Denver Metro, Colorado

x3 Tetramorium Immigrans queens (founding);
Multiple Pogonomyrmex occidentalis (founding)
x1 Lasius Latipes (Need Host Colony)
x2 Lasius sp? (founding)

Cal113
Posts: 63
Joined: Fri Mar 17, 2017 8:49 pm
Location: Louisville, Co

Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 49457Post Cal113
Tue Sep 04, 2018 9:03 pm

Im not, but thanks maybe I'll check that out! :D
Keeper of:

x3 Tetramorium caespitum queens (small colonies);
x1 Pogonomyrmex barbatus (med colony)
x1 Formica fusca single queen; (small colony)
x2 Unknown sp.; (founding)
x1 Temnothorax rugatalus (med colony)

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