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Just rained, do I hunt some Pogonomyrmex barbatus tomorrow morning?

anting new queen queen nuptial flight

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#1 Offline dominatus - Posted June 16 2019 - 3:51 PM

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It rained today here in the Fort Worth, Texas area. I know a public place with several colonies of Pogonomyrmex barbatus in an area. Would tomorrow morning be a good time to walk the area to look for new founding queens walking around? I know generally this species waits for summer rains then has their nuptial flights. I've been trying to keep an eye on these ants in different places I've seen colonies and I "think" at the beginning of this month they started to hatch alates, so I think and hope that this is the first summer rain in the local area since the alates have been numerous in the local colonies.

 

Any suggestions for success?



#2 Offline KBant - Posted June 16 2019 - 4:03 PM

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If it’s sunny it’s worth a shot. If I recall correctly, Pogonomyrmex fly in the morning but will be out digging chambers around sunset which is when you should grab some.

#3 Offline dominatus - Posted June 16 2019 - 4:48 PM

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I will hit it in the morning and then late afternoon and cross my fingers. I don't think I will be able to be there around sunset but we will see. Thanks for the reply.


Edited by dominatus, June 16 2019 - 4:48 PM.


#4 Offline dominatus - Posted June 17 2019 - 1:38 PM

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I'm here at my spot watching alates literally fly off from mounds. No idea where they are going or where to look for mated queens once they land. Grrr. Kinda looks like they are headed towards the river right next door. I could go walk the river walk in an hour or so and hope there are mated queens walking around...

Edited by dominatus, June 17 2019 - 1:40 PM.






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