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Best Times to look for Ant Queens?


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#1 Offline Acutus - Posted May 3 2019 - 6:06 PM

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When are the best times of day to go catching Ant Queens? I know there are a lot of variables but typically what do you guys find is the best time of day or night? 

 

I guess the reason I'm asking is I've been looking for Queens but have only ever found the one. I'm new to this so that probably has a lot to do with it but I'm looking to improve and any advice y'all may have would be appreciated. Times, Locations. methods. etc.

 

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Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

 

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#2 Offline ponerinecat - Posted May 4 2019 - 9:15 AM

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Depending on the type, early morning, late noon, and the evening/night work best for me.


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#3 Online ANTdrew - Posted May 5 2019 - 8:28 AM

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It’s very species specific. Your next big flight will be Tetramorium. They’ll be everywhere early mornings in mid-June. The other queens I found in our region were Formica around 12:00pm mid-July and Crematogaster around 2:00pm Labor Day weekend. Queen season is just getting started, so don’t worry. I guarantee you’ll find more.

"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#4 Offline Acutus - Posted May 6 2019 - 8:18 PM

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Ok so is it safe to say that if you are searching places where you see the Species of ant you want you are searching the right areas at least? I'm mostly trying to find Camponotus Queens right now. Although Formica Subsericea would be good too.

Like today I searched twice at a local park. Once between 5:30 and 6:30pm and the next from like 9:45 -11:00pm 

I regularly see C, castaneus, pennsylvanicus, chromaiodes at the park. so I just got to get luck y right?

 

I think tomorrow evening will be good here it'll get like 80 and we had a few days of rain.


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Billy

 

Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

 

https://video.fphl2-...394&oe=5D047F0F


#5 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 7 2019 - 5:45 AM

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Ants don't fly on windy days. Most Camponotus fly at night too. Formica fly in the morning to afternoon, and are easier to get to a good size.
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#6 Offline Acutus - Posted May 7 2019 - 4:33 PM

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Yeah still no luck  (n)  (n)  tired today after 4 until around 7 at a different park. definitely saw ants just no queens. Guess I'll try again tonight


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Billy

 

Currently keeping:

Camponotus chromaiodes

Camponotus castaneus

Camponotus pennsylvanicus

Aphaenogaster "NOT tennesseensis" fulva

 

https://video.fphl2-...394&oe=5D047F0F





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