Formica fly usually in the afternoonish and i have had the most luck finding them in the evening. The morning means she has been foraging for nest locations for a while and most likely means she is mated. Quite the ambitious antkeeper haha, I have never seen nor caught formica dakotensis. They are very shiny compared to other parasitic and slave raiding colonies so that is your best indicator besides a microscope. However if you are interested I could sell you a colony of Formica ravida that I have just caught, if you really want to try your hand with parasitic queens. Yes I would agree pupae is the safest way to found, although some species do need workers too. Destroy as many of those tetramorium queens as you can...Oh wow ok. When’s the best time of day to find this species? I was surprised to find her in the morning. I’m also trying to keep an eye out for Formica dakotensis? I think… reddish Orange field ants. Also not sure if they’re parasites or not. I think Obscuripes already flew probably… but tried that last year or the year before and failed miserably. Maybe I need pupae instead of workers though from fusca to found oneKeep in mind these queens can live for years when not mated... I still have one from over a year ago that never laid eggs...
Yea will do. Haven’t checked on her since yesterday but last night she seemed pretty calm finally
Btw Tetramorium is still flying west river. Saw another queen today on the sidewalk.
Edited by Ants_Dakota, July 19 2023 - 9:17 AM.