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Where to find Crematogaster queens?

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#1 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted July 3 2017 - 12:07 PM


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So next month is the beginning of Crematogaster season and I really want a colony of these ants. I live in Chicago, Illinois, and I was wondering where and what time of day to search for dealates of this species. Also, if anyone has any experience or tips on keeping this species, please let me know.

#2 Offline MegaMyrmex - Posted August 16 2017 - 2:41 PM


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The day after rainstorms. I caught 18 queens. They look like tetramprium or camponotus because of their size and color, but after closer inspection they turn out to be crematogaster. August is the time to catch them.
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#3 Offline Evanthomas89 - Posted September 9 2017 - 4:15 AM


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I caught one mid august around 6 pm, she was in a small container of water by my front door and the second queen I caught was on the steps to my doctor's office around 3 pm. Not sure if this helps, they may still be flying. 

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#4 Offline Naturenut1233 - Posted September 9 2017 - 5:16 AM


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Found mine in my driveway the day after rain. Mid day. Didn't see any other crematogaster but got a lot of other types of queens that day too. Was first week in September here, but it's been very dry until recently so I suspect they held off their flights a little bit. Lots of rain the last week and a half.  

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My current ants species

Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Crematogaster cesari
Lasius alienus
Lasius flavus
Tapinoma sessile
Temnothorax longispinosus.

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