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Queen Ant Spotting/Mating Chart

anting mating queens swarming alates mating flight nuptial flight

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#1321 Offline Rattus - Posted May 21 2019 - 3:24 AM

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Species: Formcia cf. rufa

Location: Denmark, Nordjylland, Dall Hede.

Date: May 19th 2019.

Time: Around 15:00.

Temperature: About 17 to 20C, sunny, but only after 14:30.

Wind: ~2 m/s, SW.

Humidity: ~77%.

Rain: About two days ago.

Felt warm and humid.

 

Observed lots of newly mated queens, but no males.

 

I thought Formica tended to mate later in the year.  Interesting.

 

It depends on location, species.
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Edited by Rattus, May 21 2019 - 3:26 AM.


#1322 Offline Aaron567 - Posted May 21 2019 - 7:07 PM

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Species: Camponotus castaneus, Colobopsis impressa, Colobopsis obliqua, Odontomachus haematodus
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Date: May 19, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM
Temperature: 78F
Humidity: 84%
Wind: 6 mph
Rain: No rain for at least 7 days prior



#1323 Offline Martialis - Posted May 24 2019 - 1:12 PM

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Species: Formcia cf. rufa
Location: Denmark, Nordjylland, Dall Hede.
Date: May 19th 2019.
Time: Around 15:00.
Temperature: About 17 to 20C, sunny, but only after 14:30.
Wind: ~2 m/s, SW.
Humidity: ~77%.
Rain: About two days ago.
Felt warm and humid.

Observed lots of newly mated queens, but no males.


I thought Formica tended to mate later in the year. Interesting.
It depends on location, species.
https://postimg.cc/gallery/10zfr66pm/

Well, yeah. But the genus does tend to fly in the summer.

Anyways, another tiny little ant queen. Probably Nylanderia, although it could be Tapinoma.
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#1324 Offline Barristan - Posted May 25 2019 - 1:28 AM

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Well, yeah. But the genus does tend to fly in the summer.

 
That also depends on the location. Here in Germany parasitic Formica fly quite early in the year (April, May) and Serviformica like Formica fusca fly during the summer (June to August).

Edited by Barristan, May 25 2019 - 1:29 AM.


#1325 Offline nurbs - Posted May 31 2019 - 10:27 AM

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Species: Veromessor andrei, Myrmecocystus sp.
Location: Agua Dulce, CA
Date: May 30, 2019
Time: 9-11 PM
Temperature: 70F
Humidity: NA
Wind: NA
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#1326 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 1 2019 - 6:29 PM

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Species: Colobopsis impressa, Colobopsis obliqua, Temnothorax curvispinosus
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Date: May 24, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Temperature: 80F
Humidity: 83%
Wind: none
Rain: 2+ weeks prior
 
Species: Aphaenogaster sp., Cyphomyrmex rimosus, Pheidole dentigula, Ph. navigans, Ph. obscurithorax, Pseudomyrmex gracilis, Solenopsis carolinensis
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Date: May 31, 2019
Time: 5:00 AM
Temperature: 76F
Humidity: 100%
Wind: none
Rain: 2+ weeks prior
 
Species: Dorymyrmex bureni, Odontomachus haematodus
Location: Pensacola, Florida
Date: June 1, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Temperature: 77F
Humidity: 94%
Wind: none
Rain: 6 hours prior

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#1327 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 6 2019 - 5:43 PM

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Species: Pogonomyrmex californicus

Location: Calico, California
Date: 5-26-2019
Time:

Temperature:
Humidity:
Wind:
Rain: Recent rain

 

Found these in the process of digging their nests.

 

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Species: Pogonomyrmex californicus

Location: Landers, California
Date: 6-2-2019
Time: Morning

Temperature:
Humidity:
Wind:
Rain: Recent rain

 

Species: Pogonomyrmex magnacanthus

Location: Twentynine Palms, California
Date: 6-3-2019
Time:

Temperature:
Humidity:
Wind:
Rain: None


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#1328 Offline Acutus - Posted June 6 2019 - 5:54 PM

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Species: Camponotus castaneus
Location: Elkridge, Maryland. Howard County
Date: May 28, 2019
Time: 9:00 PM - 11:00pm
Temperature: in the 80's
Humidity: high
Wind: 
Rain: Rain 2 days before

 

Males flew the night before!

 

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#1329 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 7 2019 - 6:17 PM

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Species: Camponotus vicinus, C. sansabeanus, C. laevigatus, C. quercicola

Location: Angelus Oaks, California
Date: 6-6-2019
Time: 9:30 PM

Temperature: 59 F
Humidity:
Wind: None
Rain: Recent rain



#1330 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 9 2019 - 9:42 AM

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crematogaster have alate larvae and pheidole and monomorium have alate pupae.


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#1331 Offline AntsBC - Posted June 11 2019 - 6:48 PM

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Species: Camponotus herculeanus

Location: Rosedale/Surrey, British Columbia, Canada
Date: Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Time: 5:15 - 6:43PM

Temperature: 31~ Degrees Celsius (Yes, I'm Canadian)
Humidity: 47%~
Wind: 6km~ /h
Rain: No rain in the past couple weeks.

 

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Taken with my ghetto Iphone 6 + macro lens setup. For some reason, FC seems to be compressing the queen in the first photo. Oh well.

 

I found three of these queens while walking to the store and one on my driveway, and another BC ant farmer reported they were flying in a different city. They seem to vary in colour on the thorax, as some are all black and others have red markings. They all have three unifying features though; the black head, red legs, and black gaster with golden pubescence on the gaster "dividers". They are all quite glossy, too.


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#1332 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 13 2019 - 9:07 AM

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Species: Solenopsis molesta, S. xyloni, Temnothorax sp. [181], Crematogaster cf. mutans, Liometopum occidentale, Camponotus essigi, Pheidole sp.
Location: Trabuco Canyon, California
Date:  6-9-2019
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Temperature: 78 F
Humidity: 50%
Wind: No wind
Rain: No recent rain



#1333 Offline nurbs - Posted June 13 2019 - 10:43 AM

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Species: Camponotus laevigatus, Camponotus quercicola
Location: Crystal Lake Campgrouds, Azusa, California
Date:  6-9-2019
Time: 9-11PM
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#1334 Offline B_rad0806 - Posted June 13 2019 - 1:07 PM

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Species: Pogonomyrmex Californicus, Veromessor Andrei

Location: Santa Clarita/Canyon Country, California

Date: 6-12-19

Time: 9:00 AM- 7:00 PM

Temperature: 90F

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#1335 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 17 2019 - 11:12 AM

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veromessor sp. are testing the air. saw some alates checking out the surface yesterday.



#1336 Offline gaurangpanchal - Posted June 19 2019 - 10:51 AM

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veromessor sp. are testing the air. saw some alates checking out the surface yesterday.

Can you provide the location please?



#1337 Offline Mdrogun - Posted June 22 2019 - 3:17 PM

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Does anyone know when Crematogaster emeryana flies and in what condition? Found those at a preserve and I'm desperate to catch them  :lol:


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#1338 Offline wrestlerbill89 - Posted June 23 2019 - 10:21 AM

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pogonomyrmex californicus getting ready to fly in fontana. 3-6pm they will be digging in every dirt feild
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#1339 Offline PTAntFan - Posted June 23 2019 - 12:23 PM

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pogonomyrmex californicus getting ready to fly in fontana. 3-6pm they will be digging in every dirt feild

I think I'll come out.  Thanks for this tip!


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#1340 Offline DJoseph98 - Posted June 24 2019 - 8:59 AM

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Crematogaster spp. and Forelius spp. Flight
Location: Johnson County, KY
Date: 6/24/19
Time: 11 AM - 1 PM
Temperature: 88F
Humidity: 68%
Wind: 5 MPH but feels light
Rain: Raining on and off the last two weeks

Hundreds of queens just running around wherever I looked. Hundreds. Didn't have to leave the driveway.

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