Lasius (flavus?) flew in large numbers today at my yard. When I saw the alert on the Michigan Facebook group I went outside to check, and three colonies were getting ready. Males were visible, and queens would poke their heads out from time to time. I came back outside a little while later, and several nests had queens flying from them.
I ended up with 33 queens. Had to order more test tubes. I'm hoping that they are all going to be fertile and do well. It was wonderful being able to see so many queens just flying off into the sky. One colony hadn't even started yet.
It may not have impacted anything, but my feeding and carefulness of the wild nests this year makes it feel better to.
Here is a short video I took. I didn't notice it was so shaky when I was taking it, but you can still see them.
Also, as a side note, are workers from the originating nest safe to keep with the new queens?
Edited by cfreidsma, August 27 2018 - 10:14 AM.