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Old 06-13-2014, 07:08 PM   #11
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Have another one and I'm honestly confused if its one or not

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I find the best times are after rain storms on humid days. Also around 3pm - 8pm in the evening when things are cooling down a bit is when they will be out looking for nesting areas after their nuptial flights. they aren't out all year round though, princess ants have large flights only a few times a year.
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Old 06-19-2014, 11:07 AM   #12
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Haha yeah not quite there yet, it takes some time and once you get your first queen it really helps you Identify there characteristics. I have been lucky enough about a week ago I could have possible had 10 or so queens, lots of carpenter ant queens recently.

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Randomly found a queen after weeks of looking and she has about 10-12 workers now. I'm thinking of buying an omni nest from ants Canada. For now though, do I need to feed them anything ? Just giving a bit honey water every few days for now

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Nice Arc, Looks like a tetramorium Queen, They would probably take a fly or small mosquito like insects right now. Other then that, Antscanada has some nice nests, once your colony gets around the 50 mark I would think about moving them.
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Thanks for the confirmation about ant species, I was guessing tetramorium but wasn't sure. Can't wait to watch the colony grow and it's something of a small miracle finding her on the side walk.

I'll have to try my luck out of the city for other queens as the 3 month search only yielded her.

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Thanks for the confirmation about ant species, I was guessing tetramorium but wasn't sure. Can't wait to watch the colony grow and it's something of a small miracle finding her on the side walk.

I'll have to try my luck out of the city for other queens as the 3 month search only yielded her.

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No problem! There was a massive nuptial flight the last two days where I live, hundreds of queens on the ground lol. I captured two different species of Lasius. One is Lasius niger the other is unknown to me until i see workers. I only kept 3 queens though.
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I just captured 3 Lasius sp queens a few days ago. One already has eggs! lol Hope your tetra queen is doing well.
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That's amazing, I'm hoping to spot some tomorrow on my way home at 5-6pm from work in the local park. Not looking good as Toronto seems like a bad area even after a rain storm tonight.

She's doing well I think, there are about 12 workers but I think some passed away since I counted more before. The good news is that there are 20+ of eggs/larvae. I've got honey, seeds and a fly in their outworld(testtub home in there) and hoping they feed when they need. Only thing they seem to go after is the grasshopper leg I ripped off. Thinking I may need to cut up their food into smaller pieces.

I'll have to see how large the colony gets as I'm afraid of hibernating them in acrylic if I have to move them into an Ants canada nest this winter
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Full flight happening today but I could only find ones with wing and very close to their nest.

Got a few solo ones but all them have wings unfortunately. I'll see if there are any wingless ones in an hour
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Looks like you have a awesome Lasius neoniger queen, small brown ants 1-3mm. One of my favorite.

Here is a vid of an old queen of mine after a month or two.

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Another common species. The queens look Extremely similar to workers.
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