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By Xc220009
#22918
Hi
I live in sheffield and their has been no sign of any nuptial flights?
Im desperate for a Lasius Flavus!
Does anyone know if ive missed it or its yet to come!

Finlay
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By Squimbles
#22922
Hello, I live in Burnley which resides in a valley. Consequently, the humidity can be high a lot. I originally thought this might be why I haven't experienced the nuptial either, but antmanuk (see YouTube) said the nuptial flights are moving up north. Just wait and see what happens mate.
:)

-Alex
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By milant
#22925
The south always has the nuptial flights earlier as its hotter and more humid. Us northerners don't get them till around early to mid august
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By Squimbles
#22927
Good news, after walking through a forest I discovered a nest of ants, I lifted a little rock and found tons of eggs including some large yellow pupae. These are the eggs for queens so I know for sure that the main nuptial flight for my area has not yet occurred.
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By number6
#22944
most flights have not taken yet theres a month or so to go my lasius niger was realeased over the weekend around 100 or so this year my lasius flavus is at least a month to go before realease m rubra have new queens stacked up and my acorn ants are around a month to go as well before i realease see pics
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By Squimbles
#22967
Number6 that's impressive, must be an old colony? How do you release them successfully? Place the nest in front of a window?
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By number6
#23069
Squimbles wrote:Number6 that's impressive, must be an old colony? How do you release them successfully? Place the nest in front of a window?


hi squimbles i releaae them back where i originally found them every year only thing thats a royal pain is LEPTOTHORAX ACERVORUM fly at night 20;00 onwards i should be releasing them in the next day or so :) and yes 3 year old colony and very active
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By number6
#23070
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By number6
#23071
number6 wrote:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jAPq95bwugM
@Squimbles i use pods to release them i remove the plugs the males climb out and then remove the top the queens fly they release a scent and the male follo2s fmy jobs done :)
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By Squimbles
#23073
Very impressive xD. My two queens that were successful from last year are coming up to 20 workers now. I hope within the next to years they'll blossom. They both have like 30-50 extra brood. Thinking about getting a heat mat for them. They are lasius niger queens.
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By number6
#23081
@Squimbles,
Squimbles wrote:Very impressive xD. My two queens that were successful from last year are coming up to 20 workers now. I hope within the next to years they'll blossom. They both have like 30-50 extra brood. Thinking about getting a heat mat for them. They are lasius niger queens.


i love lasius niger they got me in to ants abd antkeeping from a kid and they still surprise me now how well the adapt to ant farms. if you do decide to use a heat mat i would do it 50/50 so theres a cool area and a warm area if you heat the nest all over the queen will stop laying eggs the workers will also be more active moving brood back and fourth :) also try to heat the nest from the side / back if you heat from below it will cause condensation and drown the ants.
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By Squimbles
#23087
Thanks for the tips, I'll make sure to read up on heatmats but I will most likely get an out world for them first in case anything goes wrong.
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