New Minnesota Member
Posted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 7:18 pm
Hi, I'm a new ant keeper here in MN. I spent all spring and summer trying to catch some queens since I prefer to do everything from the ground up myself when it comes to starting my ant colonies. A lot of the species I WANTED to keep I either couldn't locate any bred queens after nuptial flights or I completely missed the nuptial flights so I pretty much gave up the idea of starting my ant keeping adventure this year at the start of August. Of course then this Saturday after work I walked outside in the evening and found a swarm, and I mean a swarm of thousands of ants in nuptial flights. I caught 6 girls, species Lasius Neoniger. Even if it's not what I wanted I'm really excited to have these lovely girls though since it's late in the year they may not lay eggs until spring. It was really amazing after striking out all year to witness literally thousands of ants on their nuptial flight and then getting my girls. I'm excited to experience their colony's birth and growth after they come out of hibernation next year. Also hope I can have better luck getting the species I want again next year.