3 Queens Caught Sept 14 Toronto, ON, Canada

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ceez05

3 Queens Caught Sept 14 Toronto, ON, Canada

Post: # 31369Post ceez05
Thu Sep 14, 2017 7:31 pm

Hi all,

I caught 3 queens today. 95% Sure they are all the same species. They are all about 8-9mm in length. Colour is slightly off-yellowish - especially the gasters.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByhTdhPaBn5rX2t5M1VuV29aVG8
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0ByhTdhPaBn5rUmJ6Um41Z1hhcFk

Can somebody ID them?

Thank you!!

**ps. I saw one rip her wings off before I caught her -- super cool :mrgreen:

MaxGen
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Location: Toronto

Re: 3 Queens Caught Sept 14 Toronto, ON, Canada

Post: # 31371Post MaxGen
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:19 pm

Lots of species are flying in Toronto this week. Not great pictures, but those look like Lasius neoniger. I caught 19 on Tuesday

So far this week I have seen:
  • Lasius claviger
  • Lasius neoniger
  • Solenopsis molesta
  • Lasius cp. murphyi
  • Crematogaster sp.
Last edited by MaxGen on Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:27 pm, edited 1 time in total.

ceez05

Re: 3 Queens Caught Sept 14 Toronto, ON, Canada

Post: # 31372Post ceez05
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:26 pm

MaxGen wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:19 pm
Lots of species are flying in Toronto this week. Those look like some of the same ants I caught - Lasius neoniger.

So far this week I have seen:
  • Lasius claviger
  • Lasius neoniger
  • Solenopsis molesta
  • Lasius cp. murphyi
  • Crematogaster sp.
Thanks a lot!! Going to try my luck for a Crematogaster in the next few days :D

MaxGen
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Location: Toronto

Re: 3 Queens Caught Sept 14 Toronto, ON, Canada

Post: # 31373Post MaxGen
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:27 pm

My friend and I caught ours around 7:00pm

AntsOntario

Re: 3 Queens Caught Sept 14 Toronto, ON, Canada

Post: # 31374Post AntsOntario
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:47 pm

ceez05 wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:26 pm
MaxGen wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:19 pm
Lots of species are flying in Toronto this week. Those look like some of the same ants I caught - Lasius neoniger.

So far this week I have seen:
  • Lasius claviger
  • Lasius neoniger
  • Solenopsis molesta
  • Lasius cp. murphyi
  • Crematogaster sp.
Thanks a lot!! Going to try my luck for a Crematogaster in the next few days :D
Creamtogaster was everywhere for the last 3 days. Hope you caught one! :D

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idahoantgirl
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Re: 3 Queens Caught Sept 14 Toronto, ON, Canada

Post: # 31379Post idahoantgirl
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:09 pm

I agree with L. Neoniger. She will not lay eggs till after hibernation.
Proverbs 6:6-8

Go to the ant, you sluggard;
consider its ways and be wise!
It has no commander,
no overseer or ruler,
yet it stores its provisions in summer
and gathers its food at harvest.

Keeping Tetramorium immigrans, Tapinoma Sessile

ceez05

Re: 3 Queens Caught Sept 14 Toronto, ON, Canada

Post: # 31409Post ceez05
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:07 pm

idahoantgirl wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 10:09 pm
I agree with L. Neoniger. She will not lay eggs till after hibernation.
Good to know! Thank you!

ceez05

Re: 3 Queens Caught Sept 14 Toronto, ON, Canada

Post: # 31410Post ceez05
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:07 pm

AntsOntario wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:47 pm
ceez05 wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:26 pm
MaxGen wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:19 pm
Lots of species are flying in Toronto this week. Those look like some of the same ants I caught - Lasius neoniger.

So far this week I have seen:
  • Lasius claviger
  • Lasius neoniger
  • Solenopsis molesta
  • Lasius cp. murphyi
  • Crematogaster sp.
Thanks a lot!! Going to try my luck for a Crematogaster in the next few days :D
Creamtogaster was everywhere for the last 3 days. Hope you caught one! :D
Where were you finding them? If I may ask? They are usually in woody areas?

AntsOntario

Re: 3 Queens Caught Sept 14 Toronto, ON, Canada

Post: # 31421Post AntsOntario
Fri Sep 15, 2017 6:49 pm

ceez05 wrote:
Fri Sep 15, 2017 2:07 pm
AntsOntario wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:47 pm
ceez05 wrote:
Thu Sep 14, 2017 8:26 pm


Thanks a lot!! Going to try my luck for a Crematogaster in the next few days :D
Creamtogaster was everywhere for the last 3 days. Hope you caught one! :D
Where were you finding them? If I may ask? They are usually in woody areas?
Actually, they're normally on sidewalks. I often go to open areas that have forests beside them, because I find that a lot of queens mate, then walk onto the sidewalk to break off their wings. This week I've found these queens on my patio, sidewalks & even driveways haha! Try looking between 5 - 9 PM when the afternoon heat is gone, and many colonies will be commencing their nuptial flights.
Good luck!!

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