One of my goals for this season was to find and raise a Camponotus colony as all my other ants happen to be rather tiny. I had a hunch that these would fly on 4/18 because they had already started flying in locations just a bit south of me, and we were predicted to hit 80 degrees that afternoon. Sure enough, I started seeing winged C. chromaiodes queens landing and scuttling about my yard around 5:30pm. I managed to catch two of these and set them up in test tubes.
Later on, I went to church for the Holy Thursday service, but beforehand I walked down a nature trail that is adjacent to my church. I didn't manage to find any more queens there. After the service, I explored yet another nature trail, but this too yielded nothing. I did manage to find two more wingless queens in the comfort of my own yard, though. Honestly, the vast majority of queens I've found have been in my own yard, which I attribute to all the native plantings I've done and the natural greenway that runs behind my property.
I have all four of these queens in a shoebox on top of a wineglass holder in my kitchen. I really like keeping ants in my kitchen because it gets nice and warm whenever we cook. I haven't checked any of them in a week, but I look forward to peeking in on them tonight. As I do with all of my queens, I'll be giving these girls names from Norse mythology.
Edited by ANTdrew, May 8 2020 - 7:21 AM.