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District, Maryland, & Virginia Queen Watch


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#701 Offline RVAOsprey - Posted April 18 2022 - 9:32 AM

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I think it’s still to variable hot/cold. I haven’t really had luck with Camponotus in early April this time of year for that reason. I think they can tell the difference between warmer weather and a one-off warm spike.
After the beginning of this week, in Richmond, we should be done with nights below 40 for the rest of the year. After that I’ll probably start poking around during the morning subsequent to a nice storm.

I feel like in years past I spent so much effort this time of year trying for a catch with little to show for it. Then in may or June I catch queens without even looking for them. One was on my dining room table lol.


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#702 Offline Lillyrose - Posted April 22 2022 - 3:33 PM

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Random girl climbed up my leg ... either flew or about to fly

Camponotus subbarbatus

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#703 Online ANTdrew - Posted April 23 2022 - 3:11 AM

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So lucky!!!
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#704 Offline Lillyrose - Posted April 23 2022 - 4:32 AM

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So lucky!!!


I almost let her go cause it seemed so unexpected and I figured she was just coming out .. but then I found a dead male on the table right near where I got her and realized there must have been a flight.

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#705 Online ANTdrew - Posted April 23 2022 - 5:08 AM

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I think they’ll be big flights Sunday evening. Temps will be high and winds will be very light.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#706 Offline RVAOsprey - Posted April 23 2022 - 6:05 PM

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Yeah I may put some actual effort in tomorrow. Some casual dog walking and looking effort tonight was a bust.
Camponotus are my favorite of the native ants but I just don’t catch them in flight often. Always subsequent to the flight when they have made their chambers inside a log. I think it’s because I live in the city, but then again I do see Camponotus majors frequently crawling on the trees so I know there are plenty of developed colonies.


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#707 Online ANTdrew - Posted April 23 2022 - 6:23 PM

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Camponotus are my least favorite of the native ants, but I love finding them because they’re all my customers want. It’s all about the Benjamins.
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"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#708 Offline Lillyrose - Posted April 23 2022 - 7:17 PM

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I just had another queen walk into my house .. and a second on the sidewalk

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#709 Online ANTdrew - Posted April 24 2022 - 2:36 AM

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I just had another queen walk into my house .. and a second on the sidewalk

No way! I found nothing.
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#710 Offline RVAOsprey - Posted April 24 2022 - 10:38 AM

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Had a good feeling about the past few nights so I went to a local park and netted 2 Camponotus Chrom. Queens in about 10 minutes of bark checking. I probably could have gotten more but I only brought two canisters and I’m conservative about damaging any active wildlife nests, so if I see any workers I’ll leave the area alone. One of the two had minor gaster damage so I don't expect too much. 

I did see some larval grub about 2-3 inches long and as thick as a sharpie as well. I’m going to have to look that one up.
Okay so apparently it’s a June beetle larva but it’s twice the size of the next biggest one id ever seen so who knows.

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#711 Offline Lillyrose - Posted April 24 2022 - 1:58 PM

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Another one walked into the house .... starting to wonder if they like me?

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#712 Online ANTdrew - Posted April 24 2022 - 2:16 PM

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Dang! I feel even worse…
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#713 Offline RVAOsprey - Posted April 24 2022 - 2:31 PM

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Out of curiosity, do you live in a forested region? I’ve had queens come into the house before but only once.

I’m just sitting out back in my 900sqft yard watching the birds and squirrels come to the feeders and keeping and eye out as it starts to cool off. Wouldn’t be surprised if I saw one just to have a bird snatch it up lol

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#714 Online OiledOlives - Posted April 24 2022 - 6:25 PM

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Thought it was too cold but apparently not. I got 18 nearcticus queens (saw a lot more, but they got away) and two pennsylvanicus queens. Only half of last years nearcticus catch though, disappointing.



#715 Offline TennesseeAnts - Posted April 25 2022 - 7:36 AM

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Camponotus are my least favorite of the native ants, but I love finding them because they’re all my customers want. It’s all about the Benjamins.


Very true, haha. They sell out within weeks for me. I've got probably 50 queens so far from the last few days.

#716 Online ANTdrew - Posted May 2 2022 - 12:35 PM

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I’m hoping for flights today after the heavy rain we had yesterday followed by warm temps today. Anybody see any yet?
"The ants are a people not strong, yet they prepare their meat in the summer." Prov. 30:25
Keep ordinary ants in extraordinary ways.

#717 Offline drawpositive - Posted May 3 2022 - 7:47 AM

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Don't temperatures need to break 80 F before Camponotus queens fly?  I thought the rule of thumb was to look for the first day that temps reach 80 F then they should be expected to fly (and having a nice rain prior to the 80 F temp is a plus).  Am I off?  Should I be looking sooner?



#718 Online aznphenom - Posted May 3 2022 - 7:53 AM

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Don't temperatures need to break 80 F before Camponotus queens fly?  I thought the rule of thumb was to look for the first day that temps reach 80 F then they should be expected to fly (and having a nice rain prior to the 80 F temp is a plus).  Am I off?  Should I be looking sooner?

I know the exact answer but I am having a brain fart right now and don't have access to my antflights site or discord but Camponotus tends to fly first evening of the year where the temp is above 70F at sunset. That was true this year but we literally only had 1 night of that and it has been colder since. I can see that throwing the whole season off. Delaware is a little more north so maybe that day hasn't happened for yall yet.


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Keeps: Atta TexanaOdontomachus haematodus, Crematogaster Sp., Prenolepis imparis, Camponotus pennsylvanicus, Camponotus chromaiodes, Tetra sp

 

Wants (Please reach out if you have them for sale if you’re in the US): Acromyrmex Sp., Atta Mexicana, Cephalotes Sp., Myrmecocystus Sp (Prefer Mexicanus), Odontomachus Sp. (Prefer Desertorum), Pachycondyla Sp., Pheidole Sp (Prefer Rhea. The bigger the better. Not the tiny bicarinata), Pogonomyrmex Sp., Pseudomyrmex Sp. (Prefer the cute yellow ones)

 


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Camponotus pennsylvanicus drone and Lasius interjectus queen found.


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#720 Online AntBoi3030 - Posted May 14 2022 - 4:16 PM

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It’s supposed to get into the 80s tomorrow. Should be perfect conditions for Nylanderia.

My favorite queens/colony’s:
Pheidole Tysoni, Selonopis Molesta, Brachymyrmex Depilis, Tetramorium Immagrians, Prenolepis Imparis, Pheidole Bicirinata 





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