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How many nuptial flights per year?


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#1 Offline FelixTheAnter - Posted July 13 2021 - 2:24 AM

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It seems like I've seen many places say that all the queens of a species fly at the same time. But it seems I've also read that there will be multiple flights per year. How exactly does that work?
I want to catch an L. Niger queen, and just saw someone from here in the Netherlands say that the queens were flying yesterday. They were in the very south of NL, I'm in the north. I haven't seen a single queen, and I even had a blacklight on in my yard for a couple hours last night. Is it likely that they all fly at once...in different times in different regions? Just curious how this all works

#2 Offline ANTS_KL - Posted July 13 2021 - 3:07 AM

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It seems like I've seen many places say that all the queens of a species fly at the same time. But it seems I've also read that there will be multiple flights per year. How exactly does that work?
I want to catch an L. Niger queen, and just saw someone from here in the Netherlands say that the queens were flying yesterday. They were in the very south of NL, I'm in the north. I haven't seen a single queen, and I even had a blacklight on in my yard for a couple hours last night. Is it likely that they all fly at once...in different times in different regions? Just curious how this all works

Yea usually that's how it works. And in tropical areas queens usually fly year round after rains.

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#3 Offline FelixTheAnter - Posted July 13 2021 - 4:38 AM

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Good to know! I was also just looking for pupae of Camponotus, and when I pulled back some dead tree bark there was a huge L. Niger colony behind it. I saw the largest Lasius pupae I've ever seen, so I'm assuming they are alates. Does that mean there's probably several days still before the nuptial flights?

And how long after a local flight can you expect find queens?
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