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Southeast Fall Anting


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#1 Offline Martialis - Posted September 15 2020 - 8:03 PM

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Hey y'all,

 

I recently moved down to the Southeastern US and was curious what anting is like on a more abstract scale around here.  There's a lot of overlap with Indiana, but lots of important differences. I'm not really familiar with how the seasons are, for instance. Obviously, conditions are so variable that it's difficult to get specific info on anything.  

 

Still, what are you catching when? As we transition into Fall, what species do you keep an eye out for?  Any rough estimates for nuptial flight "schedules?"


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#2 Online ANTdrew - Posted September 16 2020 - 2:49 AM

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I’m at the northernmost point of what would be considered south-east. Where are you for reference? Here in VA, we’re going to start cooling down big time, so all I expect to find are lots and lots of parasitic Lasius. They can fly all the way into December!
You may still have luck with Crematogaster Good luck!

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#3 Offline Martialis - Posted September 16 2020 - 5:21 AM

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I’m at the northernmost point of what would be considered south-east. Where are you for reference? Here in VA, we’re going to start cooling down big time, so all I expect to find are lots and lots of parasitic Lasius. They can fly all the way into December!
You may still have luck with Crematogaster Good luck!


Thank you!

I’m in the Deep South personally, Northeastern Mississippi to be more precise. Most likely I won’t be keeping anything for a while, but I will be keeping an eye out for what I can find.
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#4 Offline Manitobant - Posted September 16 2020 - 6:18 AM

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Invicta, invicta and more invicta. They literally fly all year in huge numbers. Keep a few and kill the rest, as they're dirt common.
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Lasius latipes
Temnothorax pilagens
Temnothorax Americanus
Myrmica semiparasitica
Any formica microgyna group sp.

#5 Offline Martialis - Posted September 16 2020 - 6:21 AM

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Invicta, invicta and more invicta. They literally fly all year in huge numbers. Keep a few and kill the rest, as they're dirt common.


Funny thing, actually. I was thinking about trying to catch an invicta flight and catching as many alarms as possible. Was gonna freeze them and maybe eat them.
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#6 Offline Manitobant - Posted September 16 2020 - 6:26 AM

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Id honestly keep like one or 2 just for the hell of it. Its still a fun ant and a shame its so invasive. You can find hundreds of queens in a single day so it won't hurt.

Edited by Manitobant, September 16 2020 - 6:26 AM.

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Lasius latipes
Temnothorax pilagens
Temnothorax Americanus
Myrmica semiparasitica
Any formica microgyna group sp.

#7 Offline Martialis - Posted September 16 2020 - 6:41 AM

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All the RIFA in the US can die for all I care. :lol:

On a more serious note, I can’t keep anything right now. No colonies.

I’m still anting and looking for insects, but I’m not trying to captive-rear anything. A few workers for identification is about all I’m collecting.

Edited by Martialis, September 16 2020 - 6:43 AM.

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