I eat my words as 2hours on, I have just been out with the dog and niger queens, they are crawling all over the footpaths, I was dancing around them as not to tread on them they look lost and bewildered, and don't really know which direction to turn
Post by Formicalondon on Jul 16, 2006 21:05:30 GMT
I got a few during the week as we had some nuptial flights in the middle of the week I there was lots of mated queens running around my garden I only collected 3 for myself 2 of which have already laid a small amount off eggs.
I was out cleaning my car today and managed to catch 2 Lasius niger queens. I went into my back garden and saw quite a few mating flights. I also saw a drone mating with the alate. were all over my pavement. Saw many fertilised ants in the grass too. Have set up 2 in antworlds. Hopefully they will do ok.
Welcome to the forum; actually digging up queens in the anting world is frowned on. This is because the chances of you finding one by digging and disturbing a whole colony is remote. More harm than good is done with this method.
It is best to lift stones and look underneath, and at certain times you will even see queens, wandering about in the warm sun during springtime. But you still never take all the queens as you deplete the wild, for future development.
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