When to catch queen ants

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BlitzAnts
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When to catch queen ants

Post: # 35894Post BlitzAnts
Sat May 12, 2018 10:28 pm

Hello!

So yes, with some exploration I discovered several ant nests from the species (I believe) Pogonomyrmex Barbatus (or at least they really seem to be under a microscope, not that the one I own is very potent) so I was wondering when was the best time (and perhaps place) to go queen-hunting, I mainly ask this because right now, there is a good storm outside, a few thunders and all (and I REALLY want to start a colony this year)
Housing two Camponotus Barbarus Queens!

Also FOUR Solenopsis xyloni Queens! (if you want to, check the journal!)

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Re: When to catch queen ants

Post: # 35976Post antnest8
Tue May 15, 2018 2:36 pm

i go with constant vigilance. spend at least 5 minuets a day walking on side walks looking for queens. if the conditions are right you can spend a lot longer. you can also just add this into a daily walk you do if you have one.
keeper of
3 tetremorium queens
2 C. pennsylvanicus
1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony
!!And A CREMATOGASTER QUEEN!!

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Re: When to catch queen ants

Post: # 40267Post antsofthelowcountry
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:25 pm

I know it's a bit late for advice on this but I'm going through the forum helping a bunch of people try searching around pools. A lot of queen ants seem to like my pool and I found 5 in about 2 minutes just looking around. I don't quite know the reasoning behind this, maybe they go to it because it's a water source I just know that it works.
As always, wishing you well on your exciting ant adventure, Ants the Lowcountry.

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Re: When to catch queen ants

Post: # 40368Post midget040life
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:29 pm

antsofthelowcountry wrote:
Sat Jul 07, 2018 9:25 pm
I know it's a bit late for advice on this but I'm going through the forum helping a bunch of people try searching around pools. A lot of queen ants seem to like my pool and I found 5 in about 2 minutes just looking around. I don't quite know the reasoning behind this, maybe they go to it because it's a water source I just know that it works.
Hello there, danish guy, super new to ant keeping here (new as in, I have literally just found the interest, but no queens)

I have selected a searching area in the forest on a bycicle path that goes right past a (middle-sized?) lake, but so far I haven't found a single queen, or even seen any winged ants anywhere. The spring and summer here has been really hot, with almost no rain, does that affect the nuptial flight?

Am I doing this wrong?

antsofthelowcountry
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Re: When to catch queen ants

Post: # 40370Post antsofthelowcountry
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:32 pm

Queen ants usually nuptial fly after rain, so yes if you're having an unusually dry summer this will affect the number of queens that you will find.
As always, wishing you well on your exciting ant adventure, Ants the Lowcountry.

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Re: When to catch queen ants

Post: # 40377Post midget040life
Sun Jul 08, 2018 2:40 pm

I was afraid of that, but thank you for clearing it up for me.

I will continue my hunt and start practice rain dancing...

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