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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Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 57666Post PaxxMantid
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:16 pm

Snowing here in Denver, and supposed to be cold for a couple of days, then high 70's by the end of the week. So, getting closer still.

I really want honeypots so if you happen to hear about a Myrmecocystus mexicanus flight, I can jump in the car and drive to the western slope :)

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Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 58169Post Cal113
Sun May 12, 2019 3:46 am

Will let everyone know if I find anythig, so far havent seen any queens this year, some royal larvae for tetremorium but thats it :)
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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Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 61266Post mediapimp
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:00 am

Hey there fellow Colorado Ant nerds, hope you found many queens so far this year. Been finding a few pogonomyrmex occidentalis queens out here on the western slope, so keep an eye out if you are looking for one. If any of you are discord users, should join this Ant keeping discord , really active, but would be cool to get more people from colorado on it.

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Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 61312Post Whynot
Mon Jul 22, 2019 1:23 pm

I've been noticing a lot of tetramorium sp. e and Pogonomyrmex Queens lately around the Boulder area.

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Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 63916Post TwitchyTopHat
Sat Sep 07, 2019 4:14 pm

Found some camponotus in the Denver area and 2 other queens I still need to identify in the Loveland area near Boyd lake
Keeper of:
Pogonomyrmex occidentalis (x1)
Camponotus herculeanus (x1)
[Yet to be identified] (x2)

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Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 69682Post Joeygunz
Sun May 03, 2020 8:44 pm

Hey guys, I'm in the lakewood area and am looking for nuptial flights! It rained yesterday but didnt find anything out there today. I'll keep you updated! :)

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Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 69713Post Joeygunz
Mon May 04, 2020 5:15 pm

Think I found something! Not sure if it's an ant though, lol

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Re: Colorado Nupital Flights

Post: # 71927Post scottasin12343
Mon Jun 29, 2020 9:46 pm

Hey all! In Fort Collins here and collected 4 queens (I believe tetramorium) this evening between about 5 and 6 PM. Weather was humid and in the 90s all day, we've had afternoon thunderstorms most days this past week except for today, so perhaps that is what spurred the flight. I did not actually see any ants in the air, however I saw a couple sets of workers with what looked like dead males. Had my best luck in an area immediately surrounding an apartment complex as opposed to a few blocks away near a grassy park. I've been walking my dog in the same area around the same time for a few weeks, this is the first time I've seen ants that look like this, and they were all over today.

Also, collected a Camponotus queen last week and it has layed one egg so far (first time checking on it was to put these queens in the same cupboard). Only saw the one that day, haven't seen any since.

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