Queen Ant in the winter?

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JPSMedeiros

Queen Ant in the winter?

Post: # 8250Post JPSMedeiros
Tue Jul 05, 2016 9:15 pm

Hello, today when watching some TV an insect with wings landed on the TV, I realised that it was a Queen Ant, don't know the species but it was. I ran to take my test tube, I was not prepared since it's winter here(I live in Brazil) , when I came back she was gone.
I would like to know if you guys know if that's normal, to see a queen ant in the winter. Maybe because here is a tropical place and it's always hot, don't know for sure. Other little thing, I haven't seen a Queen in a long time and very probabily she was lost for some reason and that would probably result on she not being fertile.

AnthonyP163

Re: Queen Ant in the winter?

Post: # 8255Post AnthonyP163
Wed Jul 06, 2016 9:59 am

I'm not an expert at this, but it may have been a carpenter ant queen. Especially if it is kind of black, or black and red. Probably meaning there is a carpenter ant colony in the wood of your house. I could be wrong, but that's what I think.

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Re: Queen Ant in the winter?

Post: # 8261Post Batspiderfish
Wed Jul 06, 2016 11:48 am

Ants will fly when it is warm, so in consistently warm or tropical environments, they might fly in summer and winter. Usually, flights are timed more around rainfall.
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