Posts: 18,390 Country: England Pets: Ants, 1 Canary, 7 Finches, 2 dogs and 1 wife Favourite Ant: Formica rufa & Camponotus habereri I Like: Daleks, History and good movies. I Hate: Very spicy food and hot curry. I Am: A Senior Citizen Joined: April, 2008 Likes: 4,604
Well either my area is full of ants or I'm quite lucky I've seen two different days a lot of Lasius on the ground. but I didn't saw them flying, apparently it is impressive. I only saw a few alates take the air the day prior and I helped one or two by letting them climb on my hand then launching them into the air and then they went flying in the distance.
The second day was yesterday, but I managed to silence myself to not catch the niger ones so it allowed me to look for other species and I have found Solenopsis I think and one parasitic Lasius.
But the cunicularia were found not in a nuptial flight as I spotted only 3, not hundreds and hundreds like when I caught the Lasius or solenopsis.
One of the fugax I caught had still her wings and I saw her ripping her wings before I caught her, I also have one or two queen who ripped their wings in the test tube so I'm not that concerned when I catch a winged queen. I'm concerned if she got out of a nest, if I find her wandering but winged, it's good most of the time I think.
I have to say the area here is quite good for ants colonies, very sandy soil, "close" to woods and lakes. by close I mean like 1-2 km.