Tetramorium in Northern states?

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Tetramorium in Northern states?

Post: # 37282Post applepie
Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:12 pm

I've been going out after rainstorms but I haven't been able to find any queens other than Camponotus. Has anyone else been able to find any Tetramorium?

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Re: Tetramorium in Northern states?

Post: # 37298Post TheRealAntMan
Sun Jun 10, 2018 2:32 pm

Currently in Chicago Camponotus and a few of my friends caught Formica.
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Re: Tetramorium in Northern states?

Post: # 37303Post applepie
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:17 pm

What type of Formica? I thought Formica only flew in July.

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Re: Tetramorium in Northern states?

Post: # 37311Post Batspiderfish
Sun Jun 10, 2018 6:51 pm

Some of the rufa group Formica fly in May and June (as well as Formica pacifica on the west coast). I have also seen the odd fusca-group queen running around in the spring. Sometimes it's a fluke, a queen who had to leave her original nest.

June and early July are the seasons for Tetramorium. If they aren't flying now, they will be soon. Their flights happen in the earliest hours of the morning and they are mostly underground by late afternoon.
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Re: Tetramorium in Northern states?

Post: # 37324Post applepie
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:38 pm

Ok, I have been looking in the morning but not super early, so i'll try that. Do you know around what time?

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Re: Tetramorium in Northern states?

Post: # 37417Post AntsDakota
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:43 pm

applepie wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 10:38 pm
Ok, I have been looking in the morning but not super early, so i'll try that. Do you know around what time?
Usually about 4-8 o'clock, yet I'm just guessing.
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Re: Tetramorium in Northern states?

Post: # 37453Post applepie
Mon Jun 11, 2018 10:58 pm

Thanks :D
I really want to be able to catch a lot of ants so I can be a GAN farmer

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Re: Tetramorium in Northern states?

Post: # 37461Post Batspiderfish
Tue Jun 12, 2018 8:01 am

Be an ant-keeper before a GAN farmer. catching too many queens is a classic mistake.
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Re: Tetramorium in Northern states?

Post: # 37915Post AntsDakota
Sat Jun 16, 2018 11:48 am

applepie wrote:
Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:17 pm
What type of Formica? I thought Formica only flew in July.
Formica around here fly in late June. (F. montana)
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Re: Tetramorium in Northern states?

Post: # 38179Post applepie
Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:16 pm

I found about 10 Tetramorium Male alates on one of the windows of my house. I was wondering if this means a nuptial flight is going to happen soon. There is a thunderstorm where I live right now.

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