Camponotus flights yet??

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phoenixmastm
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Re: Camponotus flights yet??

Post: # 57542Post phoenixmastm
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:01 pm

It got wicked cold this weekend up in the mountains, I found Crematogastor workers huddling for warmth under my garbage can lid.

No luck on Camponotus this weekend, waiting for tomorrow when it gets a little more warm and humid, then I'm going to take a walk around the local wood trail. I found some promising trees and some other ant species so hoping for a colony around here working on nuptial flights.

I've got an old birch tree in my back yard that's on it's last legs. There WAS a Camponotus colony in there at one point, but I've not seen hide nor hair of them this year. One of my 3 Crematogastor colonies I'm waiting for has moved into the base of it. Do those two species compete directly?

PwnerPie
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Re: Camponotus flights yet??

Post: # 57556Post PwnerPie
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:29 pm

It is far too cold for ants to fly in WA. It needs to be steady in the upper 60s to get any sort of reliable flights. From what I am seeing, the next 10 days will not reach that temperature. Hopefully we get higher temperatures in 11 days! haha.
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1x Formica Pacifica
2x Camponotus Modoc
1x Tetramorium Immigrans
2x Lasius Sp

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3x Lasius Sp
2x Formica Argentea
2x Myrmica Rubra

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PacificAntMan
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Re: Camponotus flights yet??

Post: # 57557Post PacificAntMan
Tue Apr 23, 2019 12:47 pm

According to my weather app, it's gonna hit the 60's this evening, and the highs should be in the 60's for Wednesday-Friday.
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phoenixmastm
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Re: Camponotus flights yet??

Post: # 57566Post phoenixmastm
Tue Apr 23, 2019 7:01 pm

No flights today, but found a ton of nests. Going to keep up each day for hopeful nuptials.

Anyone know if they do multiple nuptials or is it one and done? And do they all nuptial at the same time or is it staggered?

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Alacom
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Re: Camponotus flights yet??

Post: # 57664Post Alacom
Mon Apr 29, 2019 4:56 pm

I just caught what I believe to be a camponotus pennsylvanicus a few days ago in California.
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2 Liometopum Occidentale colonies
1 Campo. Pennsylvanicus (maybe) in founding stage.

WashingtonAnts
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Re: Camponotus flights yet??

Post: # 57667Post WashingtonAnts
Mon Apr 29, 2019 7:31 pm

I caught a queen today! But it looks like the western thatch ant which is Formica
Founding:
×2 Camponotus novaeboracensis

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Whitelotus
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Re: Camponotus flights yet??

Post: # 57741Post Whitelotus
Thu May 02, 2019 11:29 am

I have found at least 20 Camponotus queens in the Calaveras mountains earlier this week.

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PacificAntMan
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Re: Camponotus flights yet??

Post: # 58008Post PacificAntMan
Tue May 07, 2019 2:11 pm

Just caught three large black Camponotus sp. yesterday on the sidewalk just outside my house. One of them had already dealated herself. Looks like all this week is supposed to be good weather for them in the Kent, WA area.
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WashingtonAnts
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Re: Camponotus flights yet??

Post: # 58095Post WashingtonAnts
Thu May 09, 2019 8:51 pm

Cool I caught two Campo novae queens from a log in ravensdale, wa
Founding:
×2 Camponotus novaeboracensis

SanJuanAnts
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Re: Camponotus flights yet??

Post: # 58189Post SanJuanAnts
Sun May 12, 2019 9:35 pm

Caught three queens while gardening earier today on Orcas Island, WA. Expecting many more in the next couple of days as we get our first warm rain coming in.

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