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#1 Offline IcarusSkybound - Posted April 14 2018 - 12:16 PM

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This is my first year anting and I remember seeing a few posts from people in my state interested in starting out. I'm making this to help out others and myself. 

 

I was able to catch a Camponotus pennsylvanicus. last week in Virginia Beach but it was by happy accident because she was part of a small colony already. I think they were in the middle of a move at the time. I was taking down a shed today though and found a pretty huge colony with lots of male and female alates. If Camp. pennsylvanicus. isn't flying yet then they should be soon judging by what I saw today. 



#2 Offline sirjordanncurtis - Posted April 14 2018 - 4:32 PM

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Did you also manage to capture some or most of the Camponotus workers from the colony? Once the queen has established a working colony, the workers are pretty important...



#3 Offline IcarusSkybound - Posted April 15 2018 - 4:42 AM

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Did you also manage to capture some or most of the Camponotus workers from the colony? Once the queen has established a working colony, the workers are pretty important...

Yeah, she has a few workers in her test tube already and it looks like she's sitting at 40-50 eggs right now.



#4 Offline ComedyHotDog - Posted April 15 2018 - 5:24 AM

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Thank god someone made a VA anting board! We seem to get left out of most of the conglomerate ones 

 

Used a black light trap last night and saw 8-10 black male alates of a camponotus species in Suffolk.

 

Does anyone know a large pine area I could head to down in Hampton Roads that isn't the GDS? 


Edited by ComedyHotDog, April 15 2018 - 5:48 AM.


#5 Offline IcarusSkybound - Posted April 15 2018 - 5:35 PM

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 Come to think of it, I can't remember seeing pine trees anywhere in HR lol. Are you asking about pine areas because you are looking for a specific species? I'm excited to try to find some crematogaster species this year now that I know they live close by.



#6 Offline ComedyHotDog - Posted April 15 2018 - 6:58 PM

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Oh Loblolly Pines are quite common in HR if you know where to look (I have to count them for work lol) but finding large swaths of un-owned forests to hang out at after sunset seems to be the hard part! I was looking for pine forests because I had luck finding different types of camponotus in that type of woods when I was just flipping logs looking for my first colony, and again last night when I confirmed they flew with a black light trap. 

 

No luck finding Crematogaster in our area so far, but if you want a stinging species I unfortunately found a colony of Solenopsis richteri at Lone Star Lakes when I was going for a walk :(



#7 Offline IcarusSkybound - Posted April 16 2018 - 7:07 AM

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I’ve found some large crematogaster colonies near my home in Virginia Beach so I’m hoping to find a queen when they start flying later in the year. S. Richteri would be interesting to keep but they’re also quite invasive, destructive, and aggressive if I remember correctly. I think VA even has some laws about moving them to uninfested areas. If I found them near where I live I’d happily try finding a queen, but I won’t go out of my way for that 😂. Thanks for the heads up though!




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