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How to find pheidole queens


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#1 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 1 2019 - 5:13 PM

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I recently (tonight) just found a pheidole cf. bicarinata nest and suddenly became very interested in pheidole ants. I do recall that they fly almost immediately after rains and that they fly at night or very early in the morning. Does anybody have any tips for finding them? What temp/humidity do they like?
Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#2 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 1 2019 - 5:49 PM

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try black lighting.



#3 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 1 2019 - 6:25 PM

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Also, try pushing the edges of lawns, I have found a couple Pheidole queens that way, when they run out.


Currently keeping:             

Camponotus hyatti (1, single queen, 1 worker.)                     "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." -Theodore Roosevelt

                                                                                              "Either you will control your government, or government will control you." -Ronald Reagan

                                                                                "Leadership is the art is getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." -                                                                                   Dwight  D. Eisenhower

                        

 

Currently founding:

---Solenopsis molesta(1 tube with 8 queens, one fertile)

---Monomorium ergatognya(1) Pheidole navigans(3 separate queens) Hypoponera spp. (2 separate queens)

Hoping to get soon:Camponotus fragilis,Lasius pallitarsis and brevicornis,Formica argentea,Stigmatomma pallipes/oregonense and Pogonomyrmex californicus.


#4 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 1 2019 - 6:27 PM

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Also, try pushing the edges of lawns, I have found a couple Pheidole queens that way, when they run out.


What do you mean pushing the edges of lawns? (Sorry, I’m dumb)

And yes! I plan on trying blacklighting! :D
Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#5 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 1 2019 - 6:34 PM

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Pheidole bicarinata fly while the sun is setting and start to land right after is gets dark outside. I get them at my UV light every night where I am.


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#6 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 1 2019 - 6:38 PM

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Pheidole bicarinata fly while the sun is setting and start to land right after is gets dark outside. I get them at my UV light every night where I am.


Cool, thank you! What are the weather conditions may I ask?
Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#7 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 1 2019 - 6:40 PM

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Pheidole bicarinata fly while the sun is setting and start to land right after is gets dark outside. I get them at my UV light every night where I am.


Cool, thank you! What are the weather conditions may I ask?

 

 

They're versatile and fly in most conditions. Has to be at least 70F with some humidity and they can even handle some light winds.



#8 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 1 2019 - 6:42 PM

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Thank you! And srry, one last question, are they flying as of RIGHT now?
Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#9 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 1 2019 - 6:49 PM

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They are in the far southeastern states at least. Have been since April. Not sure where you are though



#10 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 2 2019 - 3:37 AM

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They are in the far southeastern states at least. Have been since April. Not sure where you are though


Oh, ya, I live in a temperate region, so they probably aren’t yet (Indiana)
Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#11 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 8 2019 - 6:29 PM

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By pushing the edges of lawns, I mean the part of the law that touches the concrete, and pushing it back into the lawn, or kicking it. This will scare the queen residing in the cracks between the grass and concrete, out onto the conreye so you can easily grab it.

Currently keeping:             

Camponotus hyatti (1, single queen, 1 worker.)                     "Keep your eyes on the stars and your feet on the ground." -Theodore Roosevelt

                                                                                              "Either you will control your government, or government will control you." -Ronald Reagan

                                                                                "Leadership is the art is getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it." -                                                                                   Dwight  D. Eisenhower

                        

 

Currently founding:

---Solenopsis molesta(1 tube with 8 queens, one fertile)

---Monomorium ergatognya(1) Pheidole navigans(3 separate queens) Hypoponera spp. (2 separate queens)

Hoping to get soon:Camponotus fragilis,Lasius pallitarsis and brevicornis,Formica argentea,Stigmatomma pallipes/oregonense and Pogonomyrmex californicus.


#12 Offline Ferox_Formicae - Posted June 8 2019 - 7:44 PM

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In South Carolina, there was just a large flight on the 6th, the conditions are on the South Carolina Anting Thread, linked in my signature.


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#13 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 9 2019 - 3:11 AM

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Alright, Thxs both of you! :D
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Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#14 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 9 2019 - 7:00 AM

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I found a Pheidole tysoni queen in a pool a few days back.

#15 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 9 2019 - 9:00 AM

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I found a Pheidole tysoni queen in a pool a few days back.


Lol, I remember that in your journal!
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Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#16 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 9 2019 - 10:22 AM

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She has a bunch of eggs now. Like over 50...

#17 Offline CatsnAnts - Posted June 9 2019 - 1:31 PM

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Danggggg
Yep, I got no colonies, takin a fresh start!

#18 Offline Herdo - Posted June 10 2019 - 11:12 AM

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Late June through July I find at least 15 queens a day in my pool. They seem to love landing in or around pools.

I've always found them very early morning, like during twilight up until sunrise. https://en.m.wikiped...g/wiki/Twilight

I'm sure that varies by species though.

#19 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 10 2019 - 3:01 PM

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I’ve never seen a Pheidole ant in my life. Period.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25


#20 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted June 10 2019 - 3:07 PM

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I’ve never seen a Pheidole ant in my life. Period.


Move to Tennessee! We have a few million to spare! And a few hundred million Crematogaster!

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