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Anyone know when Formica obscuripes fly in Washington state?


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#1 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 29 2018 - 5:18 PM

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I would like to know when these fly.


Thanks!
Keeper of: 3x Formica lasiodies, 5x Formica pacifica, 2x Tetramorium immagrans, 1x Camponotus noveaboricensis, 3x Myrmica sp., 2x Lasius neoniger, 3x Formica argentea, 6x Formica obscuripes (there may be more I am forgetting).

#2 Offline T.C. - Posted March 29 2018 - 6:50 PM

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Late April, to early June.

 

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#3 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted March 30 2018 - 8:05 AM

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Thanks!


Keeper of: 3x Formica lasiodies, 5x Formica pacifica, 2x Tetramorium immagrans, 1x Camponotus noveaboricensis, 3x Myrmica sp., 2x Lasius neoniger, 3x Formica argentea, 6x Formica obscuripes (there may be more I am forgetting).

#4 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 23 2018 - 6:04 PM

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Thanks so much TC! I just caught two of these queens! And a F. lasioides queen!
Keeper of: 3x Formica lasiodies, 5x Formica pacifica, 2x Tetramorium immagrans, 1x Camponotus noveaboricensis, 3x Myrmica sp., 2x Lasius neoniger, 3x Formica argentea, 6x Formica obscuripes (there may be more I am forgetting).

#5 Offline Mortamir - Posted April 23 2018 - 8:14 PM

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Caught my first formica queen today. Saw 4 or 5 males crawling around the out side of a big nest as well. We should see some flights later this week with the weather we are supposed to have.
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#6 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 25 2018 - 7:32 AM

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Nice job! Also, does anyone know what species Formica obscuripes parasitize?


Keeper of: 3x Formica lasiodies, 5x Formica pacifica, 2x Tetramorium immagrans, 1x Camponotus noveaboricensis, 3x Myrmica sp., 2x Lasius neoniger, 3x Formica argentea, 6x Formica obscuripes (there may be more I am forgetting).

#7 Offline notmyidea - Posted April 25 2018 - 11:29 AM

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I've seen lots of mounds but no alates or queens. I live just north of the border, maybe they only fly in the US? :blink:



#8 Offline LC3 - Posted April 25 2018 - 12:36 PM

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The ants up north most likely fly at a later date rather than not flying at all.

Colonies

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#9 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted April 25 2018 - 12:36 PM

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What is the weather like in BC? They flew here when it got 73 F.


Keeper of: 3x Formica lasiodies, 5x Formica pacifica, 2x Tetramorium immagrans, 1x Camponotus noveaboricensis, 3x Myrmica sp., 2x Lasius neoniger, 3x Formica argentea, 6x Formica obscuripes (there may be more I am forgetting).

#10 Offline notmyidea - Posted April 25 2018 - 9:11 PM

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We got up to 20C (68F in Americanese) today. Tomorrow is going to be the warmest at 21C (70F). Hopefully they'll fly. I'll check the mounds tomorrow!



#11 Offline notmyidea - Posted May 14 2018 - 9:15 PM

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I still can't figure out when these fly, I check and check and check and nothing. BUT I live near a park that have a couple of huge multi-queen nests and after watching Attenborough's Empire of the Ants and learning that the queens will come out to bask in the Spring, I caught one (along with some workers). There were actually several. It was pretty neat. Anyways, I was nervous it wouldn't start a fresh colony but alas, she's laid eggs.


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#12 Offline Ant_Dude2908 - Posted May 15 2018 - 6:42 PM

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That is amazing!!! I only have four left... One has some small larvae though! I thought queens only basked above ground in F. rufa... Now I really need to find the nest by my place! There is a huge colony with a foraging trail at least 200 feet long on a public trail. I always find at least one queen walking around on the trail. I collect at least one foraging worker so I completely skip the whole parasitic queen thing. Good luck!

Edited by Ant_Dude2908, May 15 2018 - 6:43 PM.

Keeper of: 3x Formica lasiodies, 5x Formica pacifica, 2x Tetramorium immagrans, 1x Camponotus noveaboricensis, 3x Myrmica sp., 2x Lasius neoniger, 3x Formica argentea, 6x Formica obscuripes (there may be more I am forgetting).




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