Camponotus alates in March??

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Camponotus alates in March??

Post: # 34890Post PhillyAnts
Fri Apr 06, 2018 12:17 am

Last week I caught a queen elate that I think is a Camponotus sp., relatively large and there were major and minor workers also around the room to compare to and she loves pulling cotton, she was in a bedroom indoors.

At first I thought she must have hibernated and come back out of the cracks indoors and just still had her wings, but then I found several males around the house... This is in March/April in Philadelphia, PA, USA, it's freezing outside...

Anyone heard of alates spawning at weird times if the colony lives in the walls of a house / indoors?

Also is it a bad idea to throw a male in with her to ensure she's mated?

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Re: Camponotus alates in March??

Post: # 34998Post PTasker15
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:06 pm

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Pogonomyrmex Barbatus
Psudomyrmex Graccilis
Temnothroax Longiveps
Tetramourium Bicarinatum
Pheidole Moerens
Pheidole Obscuriothorax
Brachymyrmex Patgonicus
Camponotus Decipens,And Castanus.

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Re: Camponotus alates in March??

Post: # 35001Post antnest8
Tue Apr 10, 2018 6:13 pm

maybe it is just a weird sp. quirk :?
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Re: Camponotus alates in March??

Post: # 35517Post averagebilly
Sat Apr 28, 2018 5:24 pm

If you found her inside, then the colonies that started the uptial flight probably had prime conditions. Then, the outside colonies just had to go with it.
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Re: Camponotus alates in March??

Post: # 35692Post WNCAnt
Mon May 07, 2018 4:42 am

o/ I did as well caught all 3 of mine in 1st week of march the warm snap i think caused it.
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Re: Camponotus alates in March??

Post: # 35984Post AntDudeUSA
Tue May 15, 2018 3:01 pm

I caught my queen this last Friday and it is May. she is a camponotus I think this crazy weather is making ants get confused (don't worry ants we humans are too) it will go from 60 and raining to sunny and 95 within three days atleast it does here in WNC
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