Vancouver - Camponotus Flights

Where and when are you finding queen ants? A section to share nuptial flight schedules by ant species and locality

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LordEnwar
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Vancouver - Camponotus Flights

Post: # 35935Post LordEnwar
Mon May 14, 2018 6:24 pm

I just caught a winged Camponotus Queen and I'm trying to decide if I should let her fly or keep her.

Feels like they just took to the air because I saw 3 within the same block. I know AntsCanada says, "Catch them even if they still have wings." but I feel bad if she hasn't mated yet...

WHAT DO I DO!?

Also, SHE'S YUGE! I'm so excited - she's my first Camponotus!

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antnest8
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Re: Vancouver - Camponotus Flights

Post: # 35978Post antnest8
Tue May 15, 2018 2:45 pm

keep her unless you literally caught her at the nest entrance. i once had a queen go month without shedding her wings and she still had 2-3 workers.
keeper of
3 tetremorium queens
2 C. pennsylvanicus
1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony
!!And A CREMATOGASTER QUEEN!!

LordEnwar
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Re: Vancouver - Camponotus Flights

Post: # 36028Post LordEnwar
Wed May 16, 2018 7:22 pm

antnest8 wrote:
Tue May 15, 2018 2:45 pm
keep her unless you literally caught her at the nest entrance. i once had a queen go month without shedding her wings and she still had 2-3 workers.
Thanks! That's shocking to hear, but good advice... I wasn't sure how far from the nest I had to go. I see some scattered workers once in a while in my area, but definitely know we're not near a nest entrance.

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antnest8
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Re: Vancouver - Camponotus Flights

Post: # 36034Post antnest8
Thu May 17, 2018 5:19 am

also if she is infertile and dies or you release her because of infertility i just think that we gave them a good chance of survival compared to the outside.
keeper of
3 tetremorium queens
2 C. pennsylvanicus
1 C novaeboracensis
1 tapinoma sessile colony
!!And A CREMATOGASTER QUEEN!!

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