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Deluga's Camponotus herculeanus Journal 2018


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#1 Offline Deluga - Posted May 15 2018 - 11:19 AM

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So, after my big failure of keeping those last year, I'll try again.

 

I found this queen today 15/05/2018 after 1 hour of looking. 

C. herculeanus 2018

 

 

 

Strangely enough I haven't found any other queens today except for this one. And I spent a total of 2+ hours of searching.

Is it a bit early?

 

I don't think I've missed their nuptial flight, as I've been searching pretty much every day the past two weeks, and I have checked, logs, under logs, under stones etc. 
So could it be too early yet?

Could she somehow be from last year?

Did I somehow miss the nuptial flight?


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#2 Offline Jonathan21700 - Posted May 15 2018 - 11:33 AM

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I think they have already had their flights. Check out this observation https://www.inatural...ations/12104874



#3 Offline Deluga - Posted May 15 2018 - 12:27 PM

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I would think that is strange as I found a colony Friday and another colony Sunday with a massive amount of alates.
I have even tried to open logs to see if they had flew and still nothing, so I don’t think I’ve missed it.

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#4 Offline Deluga - Posted May 15 2018 - 1:00 PM

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Also at around that time of may we only had around 15 degrees C, today we reached 26+, which is around this temperature they fly.

I did not check yesterday, but I believe if they flew yesterday I should still have seen more than one?
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#5 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted May 15 2018 - 1:50 PM

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Check at night on logs, that's probably the best way to look.

#6 Offline Karma - Posted May 15 2018 - 4:35 PM

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I've had the same thing happen to me here, I've only found one C. herculeanus queen and I've been looking almost every warm day we've had. I am very far from you though so I doubt it has any real value but for me I'm pretty sure the flights just haven't happened yet. Although I caught my queen on May 1st so maybe they just happened really early.



#7 Offline Deluga - Posted May 15 2018 - 9:17 PM

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I’m gonna have problems checking at night as I’m afraid of the dark.
Last year I found a lot at 8pm, digging in trees, I went home at around same time.

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Could be, but we didn’t have that warm weather so early in may, and I don’t see it explain the amount of alates I found in the weekend, while searching in logs.

Also I’ve checked water sources for cows/horses lately, no queens there either.
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