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#1 Offline Shifty189 - Posted March 27 2018 - 6:15 PM

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Hi everyone. its my first year hunting for queens, so i don't want to miss any flights. Has anyone in south Florida seen any queens flying around?



#2 Offline T.C. - Posted March 27 2018 - 7:10 PM

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Hi everyone. its my first year hunting for queens, so i don't want to miss any flights. Has anyone in south Florida seen any queens flying around?

I'm heading down to Florida next week. Was just asking a fellow antkeeper what's flying down there as he lives in Florida.

 

Here's the response.

 

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#3 Offline Shifty189 - Posted March 29 2018 - 10:03 AM

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Thanks for the reply. I guess it’s time to keep a few bottles with me at all times.

#4 Offline T.C. - Posted March 29 2018 - 10:06 AM

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Thanks for the reply. I guess it’s time to keep a few bottles with me at all times.

 

What part of the state are you in? If i find any queens I could give them to you before I leave. Kind of a long shot though since I won't be looking.



#5 Offline Shifty189 - Posted March 29 2018 - 3:23 PM

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I live in Martin county, east coast about middle of the state.

If you found any I would happily accept them. Where about are you visiting?

#6 Offline T.C. - Posted March 29 2018 - 6:14 PM

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Orlando, quite a drive.



#7 Offline Shifty189 - Posted March 30 2018 - 9:05 AM

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Yea, about 4 hours for me to drive there. Thanks for offering, but I think I would pass anyway
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#8 Offline 123LordOfAnts123 - Posted March 30 2018 - 10:03 AM

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There’s not much flying right now, but many species may have alates being reared. Many exotics such as Brachymyrmex and Solenopsis fly whenever warm weather permits. Several species of native Nylanderia - arenivaga, phantasma, etc. - are in the middle of nuptials but may wrap up soon. Early flying Camponotus (discolor, decipiens, socius) will pick up April-May. In Florida, flights typically begin in appreciable numbers starting mid-May.

I’m a little North of Orlando and can ship within the state, though pickups are often better for the ants’ sake.

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#9 Offline Shifty189 - Posted April 2 2018 - 4:34 PM

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Thanks lord of ants. I'm keeping my eyes open, but if I don't find any queens I may be asking for more details about shipping a queen a few counties south.



#10 Offline islandants - Posted April 23 2018 - 10:41 AM

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I'm in Orlando and haven't seen any yet. I'd also be willing to take over smaller starter colonies if anyone has one or possibly buying a small one. Otherwise please message me if you spot a flight in the central Fla area.

#11 Offline T.C. - Posted April 23 2018 - 11:18 AM

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I'm in Orlando and haven't seen any yet. I'd also be willing to take over smaller starter colonies if anyone has one or possibly buying a small one. Otherwise please message me if you spot a flight in the central Fla area.

Are you just visiting Orlando?



#12 Offline islandants - Posted April 24 2018 - 11:46 AM

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I recently moved back to orlando after the hurricanes. I had to leave my colonies from the usvi with friends...

#13 Offline Shifty189 - Posted April 25 2018 - 5:48 AM

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I still haven't seen much aside from Fire ants, But i'm hopeful that i'll find something soon with all the rain we have been getting. Today is the first day it is supposed to be very hot and sunny, so lets keep our fingers crossed.

 

On a side note, any advice on finding carpenter ant queens? i would rather not rip apart trees and logs, it seams cruel to me.



#14 Offline Shifty189 - Posted April 25 2018 - 9:31 AM

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turns out that Dorymyrmex Bureni is flying now. I just caught 4 of them



#15 Offline islandants - Posted April 26 2018 - 6:38 AM

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I found two queens in my neighborhood pool a two days ago. Will post pics later today.

#16 Offline Shifty189 - Posted April 26 2018 - 11:16 AM

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Please do, I’m very interested to know when queens are flying in Florida

#17 Offline Omni - Posted May 5 2018 - 7:41 AM

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I'm a resident of Orlando, I've been finding lots of S. invicta (bleh), a whole lot of Brachymyrmex sp, and a I've been spotting C. floridanus quite often. If you're near Orlando, I'd recommend going to the Econ River WIlderness Area early to find some queens. Either that or if you're on the west side and willing to make the drive, Wakiva Springs is a great place to walk around. Just posting to see if you guys are still looking! 

 

Oh, also I found a Pheidole sp. queen recently, so look out for P. floridanus and the other common florida Pheidole.



#18 Offline Shifty189 - Posted May 5 2018 - 8:37 PM

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You have seen C. floridanus? I haven’t seen a single one, and that’s the species I have been looking for. Does that mean I have missed the flight in my area?

#19 Offline Omni - Posted May 6 2018 - 12:14 PM

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Probably not, they fly rather sporadically in my experience. I caught one last year midday (1pm-ish) and I caught another this year at around 11pm. C. floridanus is nocturnal, so it helps to look near street lamps and lights that have been left on at night, as they'll be attracted to that. That's how I found the one I have right now, the other died  :( . They have a pretty large nuptial flight time period. They're just starting to fly, and the bulk will be out in late May - early June. Check pools as well, lots fall in. If they look drowned leave them out in the sun for a few minutes and they may start moving again, but most times they're dead.

 

Hope this helps!



#20 Offline 123LordOfAnts123 - Posted May 6 2018 - 5:48 PM

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Probably not, they fly rather sporadically in my experience. I caught one last year midday (1pm-ish) and I caught another this year at around 11pm. C. floridanus is nocturnal, so it helps to look near street lamps and lights that have been left on at night, as they'll be attracted to that. That's how I found the one I have right now, the other died  :( . They have a pretty large nuptial flight time period. They're just starting to fly, and the bulk will be out in late May - early June. Check pools as well, lots fall in. If they look drowned leave them out in the sun for a few minutes and they may start moving again, but most times they're dead.
 
Hope this helps!


Any pictures? Camponotus floridanus still have alate cocoons and I’m in the same area.

Camponotus castaneus is currently flying as was as Camponotus tortuganus.




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