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Absurdly Large Crematogaster Flights

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#1 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted August 26 2020 - 12:49 PM

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Yesterday, I went to a place where I knew there was Crematogaster cerasi colonies. 

 

I witnessed large flights in the very early afternoon. Unfortunately, the insane amount of dragonflies prevented most of them from surviving flights. I found one dealate.

 

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#2 Offline TechAnt - Posted August 26 2020 - 12:53 PM

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Just, wow.

 

People who want to be Crematomasters in Wisconsin, this is your time.


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#3 Online ANTdrew - Posted August 26 2020 - 12:58 PM

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Amazing. I found six dealates yesterday, and my buddy brought me a winged queen he found in his house today. When they fly, they fly!
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#4 Offline Antkid12 - Posted August 27 2020 - 3:52 AM

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Awesome!


Ants I have: Tapinoma sessile(2 queen colony). RED MORPH Camponotus neacticus(now has pupae!), Tetramorium immigrans (x3), Aphaenogaster sp, Temnothorax sp, Brachymyrmex sp.   possibly infertile   :(,  Ponera pennsylvanica, and Pheidole morrisi!  :yahoo: 

 

Other insects: Polistes sp. Queen

                    

Ants I need: Pheidole sp., Trachymyrmex sp., Crematogaster cerasi , Dorymyrmex sp. Most wanted: Pheidole morrisii

 

                    

                   

 

 


#5 Offline OhNoNotAgain - Posted August 27 2020 - 10:17 AM

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Whoa, just one dealate after all that?  :o

Sounds like it would have been a dragonfly collector's dream. (I wonder how the dragonflies knew....)


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#6 Offline AleeGuy - Posted August 27 2020 - 10:18 AM

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I just find crematogaster nest in my backyard! I'll look there everyday especially after rain, I hope I'll find something.

#7 Offline Antkid12 - Posted August 27 2020 - 10:19 AM

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The big Crematogaster colony in my backyard either moved or stopped foraging.  :(


Ants I have: Tapinoma sessile(2 queen colony). RED MORPH Camponotus neacticus(now has pupae!), Tetramorium immigrans (x3), Aphaenogaster sp, Temnothorax sp, Brachymyrmex sp.   possibly infertile   :(,  Ponera pennsylvanica, and Pheidole morrisi!  :yahoo: 

 

Other insects: Polistes sp. Queen

                    

Ants I need: Pheidole sp., Trachymyrmex sp., Crematogaster cerasi , Dorymyrmex sp. Most wanted: Pheidole morrisii

 

                    

                   

 

 


#8 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted August 27 2020 - 10:35 AM

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Whoa, just one dealate after all that?  :o

Sounds like it would have been a dragonfly collector's dream. (I wonder how the dragonflies knew....)

I saw dozens of queens without gasters, I truly believe there couldn't have been more than a few dozen queens that got a chance to mate. 


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#9 Online ANTdrew - Posted August 27 2020 - 11:18 AM

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I just find it really cool that these flew on the same day in VA and WI, thousands of miles apart.
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#10 Offline DerkaDoesGaming - Posted August 27 2020 - 5:44 PM

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Yesterday I found 4 Queen Crematogaster Queen's on my back porch. I put them in test tube set ups and put them in my closet in the dark. What is the chance they will lay eggs before hibernation? 


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#11 Offline AnthonyP163 - Posted August 27 2020 - 9:04 PM

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Yesterday I found 4 Queen Crematogaster Queen's on my back porch. I put them in test tube set ups and put them in my closet in the dark. What is the chance they will lay eggs before hibernation? 

I don't think I've ever had a queen of Crematogaster lay eggs before hibernation.



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#12 Online ANTdrew - Posted August 28 2020 - 2:19 AM

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All the C cerasi queens I’ve raised have laid after a three month hibernation. My C. ashmeadi queen found this May raised a colony before hibernation.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#13 Offline cmiller - Posted August 28 2020 - 5:32 AM

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I just find it really cool that these flew on the same day in VA and WI, thousands of miles apart.

I found a queen in western NY and there was someone on reddit who found one in Toronto. So it's really widespread!

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#14 Offline Spazmops - Posted August 28 2020 - 6:50 AM

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And yet I can't find any crematogaster. 


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Ants I have:

1 Formica fusca group- 0 workers

1 Tetramorium immigrans colony-20 workers

1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 1 queen, used to have workers

 

1 large P. occidentalis colony- around 50 workers, plenty of brood

 

 


#15 Online ANTdrew - Posted August 28 2020 - 7:04 AM

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How prevalent are they in Colorado?
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
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#16 Offline Spazmops - Posted August 28 2020 - 7:06 AM

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How prevalent are they in Colorado?

I have a colony right outside my house, and we have several different species out here. I think I just need to wait; I've been anting every day and I've only caught lasius.


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Ants I have:

1 Formica fusca group- 0 workers

1 Tetramorium immigrans colony-20 workers

1 Dorymyrmex insanus- 1 queen, used to have workers

 

1 large P. occidentalis colony- around 50 workers, plenty of brood

 

 






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