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Do black lights really attract queens?


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#1 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted June 5 2020 - 7:54 AM

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When out in the black hills, I decided to put my black light to use. However, the only results I got were queens that froze for a few seconds and one queen that fell of the log she was standing on!

Edited by Ants_Dakota, June 5 2020 - 5:31 PM.

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#2 Offline Antkid12 - Posted June 5 2020 - 8:08 AM

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There have been lots of people that have had success with black lights, so I am going to buy one soon.


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#3 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 5 2020 - 8:34 AM

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I have had great success with black lights. I think it mainly works when they are in flight, not necessarily on the ground.


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Hi there! I went on a 6 month or so hiatus, in part due, and in part cause of the death of my colonies. 

However, I went back to the Sierras, and restarted my collection, which is now as follows:

Aphaenogaster uinta, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus modoc, Formica cf. aserva, Formica cf. micropthalma, Formica cf. manni, Formica subpolita, Formica cf. subaenescens, Lasius americanus, Manica invidia, Pogonomyrmex salinus, Pogonomyrmex sp. 1, Solenopsis validiuscula, & Solenopsis sp. 3 (new Sierra variant). 


#4 Offline AntsDakota - Posted June 5 2020 - 8:46 AM

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When out in the black hills, I decided to put my black lift to use. However, the only results I got were queens that froze for a few seconds and one queen that fell of the log she was standing on!

I’ve actually heard that Camponotus queens aren’t attracted to black lights as much as other species.

"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version


#5 Offline ponerinecat - Posted June 5 2020 - 9:28 AM

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When out in the black hills, I decided to put my black lift to use. However, the only results I got were queens that froze for a few seconds and one queen that fell of the log she was standing on!

I’ve actually heard that Camponotus queens aren’t attracted to black lights as much as other species.

 

Very true, for noctunal Camponotus you need to walk around. However blacklights remain highly effective.


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#6 Offline SuperFrank - Posted June 5 2020 - 12:00 PM

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This is from last year at our blacklight

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#7 Offline ANTdrew - Posted June 5 2020 - 12:39 PM

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Wow.
SuperFrank, would one of these bulbs screwed into a patio light be effective?
https://www.amazon.c...ob_b_prod_image
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#8 Offline SuperFrank - Posted June 5 2020 - 5:11 PM

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Wow.
SuperFrank, would one of these bulbs screwed into a patio light be effective?
https://www.amazon.c...ob_b_prod_image


Yeah I would think so, I have the best luck with florescent.
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#9 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted June 5 2020 - 5:30 PM

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That is a much larger black light than mine. Maybe I need to get a new one.

Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. -Proverbs 6: 6-8

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#10 Offline rcbuggy88 - Posted June 5 2020 - 5:40 PM

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SuperFrank is yours a special black light (like BLB or something) or is it like a 350 nm blacklight or just a normal one off amazon/ebay? If you remember the link that would be really helpful since yours obviously works well!


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Currently Keeping: Camponotus clarithorax, Camponotus hyatti, Tetramorium immigransNylanderia vividula, Liometopum occidentaleCamponotus modoc, Zootermopsis sp.

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#11 Offline Ants_Dakota - Posted June 5 2020 - 5:57 PM

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No kidding! I would like that link as well.
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Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise! It has no commander, no overseer or ruler, yet it stores its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. -Proverbs 6: 6-8

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#12 Offline SuperFrank - Posted June 6 2020 - 2:03 AM

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I just use the Walmart "hyper tough" brand they're like 11 bucks 😁. I like that they're in stock at like every walmart. I run 1-3 lights around my property and forget them in the rain fairly often so i like being able to dash to the store and buy another one

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#13 Offline SuperFrank - Posted June 6 2020 - 2:17 AM

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Blacklighting is extremely effective imo. In the last two days I've collected:

70 Crematogaster minutissima
65 Pheidole dentigula
15 Aphaenogaster ashmeadi
22 Pheidole dentata
30 Pheidole metallescens
10 Dorymyrmex bureni
10 Camponotus floridanus
20 Pheidole navigans

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#14 Offline AntsDakota - Posted June 6 2020 - 5:58 AM

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When out in the black hills, I decided to put my black lift to use. However, the only results I got were queens that froze for a few seconds and one queen that fell of the log she was standing on!

I’ve actually heard that Camponotus queens aren’t attracted to black lights as much as other species.
On second thought, perhaps black lights attract Myrmicinaes more than Formicinaes.

"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version


#15 Offline Canadant - Posted June 6 2020 - 7:45 AM

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Blacklighting is extremely effective imo. In the last two days I've collected:

70 Crematogaster minutissima
65 Pheidole dentigula
15 Aphaenogaster ashmeadi
22 Pheidole dentata
30 Pheidole metallescens
10 Dorymyrmex bureni
10 Camponotus floridanus
20 Pheidole navigans


Wow that's amazing! That's quite a diverse batch there. Those Cremas are beautiful too. Plus Pheidole.... ugh.... so jelly!!

Awesome.
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#16 Offline NickAnter - Posted June 6 2020 - 7:46 AM

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IDK about that. I catch tons of B. patagonicus at the light.


Hi there! I went on a 6 month or so hiatus, in part due, and in part cause of the death of my colonies. 

However, I went back to the Sierras, and restarted my collection, which is now as follows:

Aphaenogaster uinta, Camponotus vicinus, Camponotus modoc, Formica cf. aserva, Formica cf. micropthalma, Formica cf. manni, Formica subpolita, Formica cf. subaenescens, Lasius americanus, Manica invidia, Pogonomyrmex salinus, Pogonomyrmex sp. 1, Solenopsis validiuscula, & Solenopsis sp. 3 (new Sierra variant). 


#17 Offline Aaron567 - Posted June 6 2020 - 10:21 AM

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Blacklighting works best in tropical/subtropical regions which have high humidity and high temperatures during twilight hours. In regions where average summer nights/mornings are in the 60s (F) or below, most of the ants tend to fly during the day which is when conditions are more ideal (and a blacklight is useless). Generally, the closer you are to the equator, the higher percentage of night-flying ant species you'll have. That doesn't mean you won't get anything at your blacklight at all, but being in South Dakota, your best chance of getting anything will be when you do it during the warmest nights of the summer.


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#18 Offline AntsDakota - Posted June 6 2020 - 10:22 AM

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Or in the evening, when it’s still warm. A lot of species fly in the evening around here.

"God made..... all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. (including ants) And God saw that it was good. Genesis 1:25 NIV version





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