Northern Idaho

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

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NWAnts18
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Northern Idaho

Post: # 34519Post NWAnts18
Sun Mar 18, 2018 2:27 pm

My son and I are looking to get into ant keeping. Any tips for searching for queens around these parts?

CherrieEvolved
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Re: Northern Idaho

Post: # 34521Post CherrieEvolved
Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:27 pm

Hi! Welcome to ant keeping. We just started last year. Queens will normally be around from April to Sept. Just go for walks on sidewalks and keep your eyes on the ground! I carry a few "snap cap" vials with me whenever I go for a walk just in case I come across some. The ants just woke up here in Western WA, based on the weather I don't foresee ant queens for about another month. However, just keep a lookout whenever you are walking around outside! I have found most of mine on walks during breaks at work.
Keeper of:
Formica Sp
Myrmica Sp

Founding:
4x Formica Sp
1x Camponotus Sp

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antnest8
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Re: Northern Idaho

Post: # 34525Post antnest8
Mon Mar 19, 2018 7:21 am

the closest time to look for queens is when it hits 65-70 degrees because that's when prenolepis imparis fly's
keeper of
3 tetremorium queens
2 C. pennsylvanicus
1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony
!!And A CREMATOGASTER QUEEN!!

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