Apparently P. rugosus have been having more mating flights in the Riverside area lately, and Antczar says he saw one nest with lots of alates and dealates being dragged out of the nest by workers, and some wandering around close by. Today Anhzor and I went out there to collect some of them ourselves. When I got back I counted 18 total out of the ones that I found, and the few that Antczar gave me. I gave three of them to Bigb, and put the other 15 in test tubes and stuck them up in the cupboard with the others. About three or four of them were dealates, and the rest were alates.
It was hard to tell whether this was a mating flight, or just an eviction of this season's left over alates. The workers were being pretty rough with them, even tearing the abdomens off of a few. Normally I would be pretty confident I have a fertile queen when I find it wandering without wings, but in this situation I'm not too sure, because it could have easily been the workers that ripped their wings off. Antczar says he actually saw some of them tearing their own wings off, so who knows, only time will tell.