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Tetramorium Finding Help

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 10:21 am
by theaxman9
So I've been looking for a very long time for a pavement ant queen but I can't seem to find one. If anybody has tips for this species relating to time to look, places to look, or just how to find one in general, I would appreciate it if you helped! :D

Re: Tetramorium Finding Help

Posted: Thu Jun 10, 2021 1:24 pm
by Nanatzunun
I live in northern Idaho. Hut I found a couple of them about a week ago. I went looking a bit early. Around 7 and 8 in the morning. Ants tend to be more active at dusk and dawn. But all the queens I've found were in the morning. So try that, looking in the morning.

Re: Tetramorium Finding Help

Posted: Fri Jun 11, 2021 11:32 am
by bugging3out
Hi i have seen someone replied but thats not a lot of help. :?

I catch 30-40 queens of pavement ants in the summer every week. 10-20 of them will be fertile and lay eggs. Here is some helpful tips that you may want to use.

1. There is no time for these ants. A lot of people say that pavement ants have their nuptial flights at early in the morning. False! I have seen these girls having their nuptial flight at 12pm 5pm 6am 10 am 3 am 4 am. They have it whenever. I have seen a black light and a sheet really works with these girls at early in the morning and late at night. I did a black light sheeting at 1:45 in July once and they all started pouring on the sheet, thousands of Males, queens.

2. Having a pool is very useful. If you have a pool, you are in luck. You will find hundreds of them in your pool swimming around. Using the pool skimmer is useful to scoop them up.

3. Always have a container on the go. Put a tiny container in your pocket every time you go outside of the house. Once you catch them then you can put them in a fresh test tube setup.

4. Always test tube them separately. In the beginning they will raise their workers together and they may seem nice then but after the 200-300 worker point they will fight bad. Leaving one queen dead and one queen alive or both dead. So test tube them separately.

I hope you found this tutorial helpful, Bugging3out

Re: Tetramorium Finding Help

Posted: Thu Jun 17, 2021 8:43 am
by theaxman9
Ok, so at one point I did find one but my friend accidentally stepped on it. I'm back on the search and I'll try to get my hands on a black light. Thanks for the help!

Re: Tetramorium Finding Help

Posted: Sat Jun 19, 2021 5:11 pm
by bugging3out
No problem!