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#641 Online Connectimyrmex - Posted July 20 2017 - 12:42 PM

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He's an aphaenogaster alate.

I also caught a new formica sp. queen.


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#642 Offline Aquaexploder - Posted July 20 2017 - 3:30 PM

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Huge Tetramorium flight right now.
Founding:

Camponotus herculeanus (x1)

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)

#643 Offline Salmon - Posted July 20 2017 - 6:20 PM

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I'm not seeing any of these temnothorax alates everyone's on about.

I've only seen one tetramorium alate outside a nest so far since returning from Oregon, and the colony under a rock in my yard still has alates.

#644 Offline Aquaexploder - Posted July 21 2017 - 11:23 AM

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Anyone finding Formica or Lasius yet?

Edited by Aquaexploder, July 21 2017 - 11:23 AM.

Founding:

Camponotus herculeanus (x1)

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)

#645 Offline noebl1 - Posted July 21 2017 - 11:33 AM

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Anyone finding Formica or Lasius yet?

 

Not yet here.  I looked and 7/22 last year I found an L. alienus at night, so it's possible.



#646 Offline Aquaexploder - Posted July 21 2017 - 5:12 PM

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Another temnothorax flight tonight.
Founding:

Camponotus herculeanus (x1)

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)

#647 Offline akaant - Posted July 22 2017 - 6:07 PM

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Looks like parasitic Formica species flew the last day or 2.


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Camponotus chromaiodes queens

Camponotus novaeboracensis queens

Camponotus nearcticus queen

Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony

Crematogaster sp colony

Tetramorium queen

 

 

 


#648 Offline noebl1 - Posted July 23 2017 - 3:33 PM

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Just got back from some relatives down near Dartmouth for the last few days close to RI.  Think I missed a bunch of good flights up here as the heat/humidity is gone since I got back.  Did find a couple dead Tetramorium alates when I got home.  Down there it was fairly low humidity every day compared to up here, so not a lot going on.  Every morning saw 2 or 3 Tetramorium alates in the pool, but that's it.  Guessing I missed the Aphaenogaster for this season at home :(  



#649 Offline ctantkeeper - Posted July 23 2017 - 4:15 PM

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Just got back from some relatives down near Dartmouth for the last few days close to RI.  Think I missed a bunch of good flights up here as the heat/humidity is gone since I got back.  Did find a couple dead Tetramorium alates when I got home.  Down there it was fairly low humidity every day compared to up here, so not a lot going on.  Every morning saw 2 or 3 Tetramorium alates in the pool, but that's it.  Guessing I missed the Aphaenogaster for this season at home :(  

Their was a T. sp.e / A. atralutus flight in CT yesterday.


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#650 Online Connectimyrmex - Posted July 23 2017 - 7:08 PM

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I'm starting to think that the larger, slower growing ants generally fly early in the spring (Prenolepis Imparis, Camponotus sp) to ensure that founding colonies have their first workers by winter. The smaller, faster growing ants (Crematogaster, Lasius, Brachymyrmex, Tetramorium) fly later in the year because their colonies grow faster.

When does Crematogaster and Myrmica start flying? Also, does anyone know if Eastern Sub. Termites have a small, minor flight in the fall? (the tropical termites in hawaii flew throughout the summer to the fall)


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#651 Offline akaant - Posted July 23 2017 - 7:17 PM

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Just got back from some relatives down near Dartmouth for the last few days close to RI.  Think I missed a bunch of good flights up here as the heat/humidity is gone since I got back.  Did find a couple dead Tetramorium alates when I got home.  Down there it was fairly low humidity every day compared to up here, so not a lot going on.  Every morning saw 2 or 3 Tetramorium alates in the pool, but that's it.  Guessing I missed the Aphaenogaster for this season at home :(  

Aphaenogaster should be flying right about now.


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Camponotus chromaiodes queens

Camponotus novaeboracensis queens

Camponotus nearcticus queen

Camponotus pennsylvanicus colony

Crematogaster sp colony

Tetramorium queen

 

 

 


#652 Offline ctantkeeper - Posted July 23 2017 - 9:14 PM

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I'm starting to think that the larger, slower growing ants generally fly early in the spring (Prenolepis Imparis, Camponotus sp) to ensure that founding colonies have their first workers by winter. The smaller, faster growing ants (Crematogaster, Lasius, Brachymyrmex, Tetramorium) fly later in the year because their colonies grow faster.

When does Crematogaster and Myrmica start flying? Also, does anyone know if Eastern Sub. Termites have a small, minor flight in the fall? (the tropical termites in hawaii flew throughout the summer to the fall)

Seems like it could be true. I never put that much thought into it, but it makes sense. Crematogaster and Myrmica tend to fly in late august through early September, often during or before / after the Lasius neoniger flights, along with a plethora of different species. As for R. flavipes (The only species of termite that we have here in CT), they often only fly in the summer and the end of spring. However, this is based purely on my own experience. A flight might happen in the future, but I wouldn't count on it.



#653 Offline noebl1 - Posted July 24 2017 - 4:14 AM

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Sept 8th in the mid-afternoon the Myrmica flew last year here.  I found Myrmica male alates again on Sept 11th about the same time frame for them.  During this time Lasius sp, Ponera and Brachymyrmex were also seen.  Was pretty crazy for a few days as so many different things flying for several hours from early afternoon thru to dusk.

 

@akaant Thanks!  I meant more they were flying when I left for a few days, and now a cold front came thru, so betting I missed a bunch.  Hopefully they still keep flying for a bit to have a chance at them.



#654 Online Connectimyrmex - Posted Yesterday, 4:00 PM

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Large Lasius Murphyi flight today!


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#655 Offline Aquaexploder - Posted Yesterday, 5:03 PM

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Small Tetramorium flight this morning.
Founding:

Camponotus herculeanus (x1)

Camponotus nearcticus (x1)

Prenolepis imparis (x3)

Myrmica (Unknown) (x1)





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