WHEN TO CATCH A QUEEN ANT | Schedule, species and how to identify them!(Europe)

WHEN TO CATCH A QUEEN ANT | Schedule, species and how to identify them!(Europe)


hi guys just for you ant nerds out there
I want to mention that some photos may not belong to the exact same species as maybe
claimed but they do belong to the same genus and will almost look exactly
identical so hi again I want to introduce you to this first tutorial on
the channel of Nordic Ants and it’s going to be about when to catch your Queen ant
and I will explain how to catch your queen ant and when to catch your queen
ant so stay tuned and it’s about how to catch them seasonally in Europe so don’t
worry if you don’t live there most of the information is also relevant
for most countries with corresponding species and climates and I will also
introduce you guys to every species I talk about and have a small information
slide like such about how they found their colony and without further ado
here’s the first schedule and we will start with the messor genus this is a very cool and popular genus –
the two main species in Europe messor structor that flies from April until May
and the messor barbarus that flies from September until October are both called
harvester ants because their main food source is obviously grains and they
collect loads of them and carry them back to their nest and in the nest their
gargantuan major workers with huge mandibles cut the grain into something
called antbread that can later be consumed by the rest of the colony
members a pretty interesting and if you ask me I absolutely love their
polymorphism with this huge majors and small minors working together next up is
the famous camponotus genus they fly from May until August that care they can
have different slides earlier around April and dependent if you live in a
warmer part of Europe they may live even earlier so personally I have in
possession two different species first I Hercule Alice call me with only one
Queen and second a two year old lick the Curtis colony I also like these this
genus there are huge huge and in fact the color right here in front of you is
the biggest ant species you can find in whole Europe the Queen is huge the only
downside is that it takes time for them to grow into a major call me it takes
about three years or more but for me that’s insignificant because eventually
this specie may be after a year or two if given the right amount of protein
starting to produce measures and this is an ad cast that is super cool and I
don’t know so rewarding to observe and so majestic these and often tend to live
in the woods and we tend to dig in it so please take note that if you live in a
wooden house don’t let the Queen escape next office
tetra Mauryan also known as the pavement and they fly from June until August a
super-nice genus for all beginners out there they grow in some major colony
pretty fast and does not need so much maintenance actually knowing if there
are tens Amorian colonies near you is also pretty easy
there’s during spring neighboring colonies of this genus goes to war with
one another you can see masses of ants fighting for this territory but don’t
worry eventually they will stop and produce queens for you to catch and during May until June during this
summer we had the Formica buffa over the collection appealing Queens flying these
are the wouldn’t and they’re actually positive so what you need to do is to
introduce them to workers or to give them coop that they can open to get some
starting workers to help them found their colony and I will explain it that
in a future video so please ask in the comments if you have questions or look
at the video I may have done and before you keep these species you need to know
that this is a very aggressive species and use formic acid or them right away
after the wouldn’t fly you can see other fermitas PD sky there are very different
schedules but the book of them flies from July until August we need to talk
about fur media we also tend to refer to the black slaver like Formica pushka
this specie is pretty easy to keep of care these guys are fast but included
are also the paralytic Formica species they have often read textures on their
store acts like wouldn’t and as a parasitic species you need to provide
the queen with some starting workers or cocoons
when founding the colony a harder variant to keep in the Formica genus and the most popular and genius to keep
the lastest genius flight from June into the September but the big majority of
them flies during July and August this is a very easy if not the easiest genus
to keep this is what a normal starting last year’s colony would look like with
black am standing brood and coup creams but as showing before this colony has a
parasitic queen and the other ants are just host workers for her eventually how
to different side close role as his queen from a parasitic is not as hard
than other Venus’s here’s the standard cluster of clashes queen with a big gas
turn a kind of undersized head here you got a parasitic queen and she has a
bigger head and a smaller gaster which makes her more agile and deadly the
owner salary clothes routine almost never stands ashamed o-tama thorax and let the thorax are the
second smallest genesis that i will introduce you guys in this video these
guys also called acorn and fly from July until September these are very easy
geniuses to keep they cannot stand very low temperatures and if the specie that
can survive the farthest north of the goal and general a real Nordic ants
these guys are said are tiny therefore the queen is super tiny for a queen ant
and may be hard to catch my method is to catch the cold by picking up an icon
with a hole in it that I see is traffic aided by small
and if I’m lucky a queen may be in it because they literally live in acorns
after that you can transfer them into a more observable for me carry that’s what
I did at last is the Europeans vibrant scientifically known as Monica rubra
this genus slightly that some species may fight earlier but most of them fly
during August and September the Queen’s are semi claustro which makes them a bit
challenging to keep as a beginner they also have a pretty painful thing and
that’s it for the first short you may take a screen shot and now we proceed
with this special and so here’s the second chart so this first
special and Dec this saloon of states fugax also known as 50 fact these guys
have their natural flights in September and it’s a very cool pretty cool species
big Queens and small workers and they actually live up to their name feet and
by doing such and the next is crematogaster these guys
buy very late you can find crematogaster screens flying from June until October
you can easily recognize the workers by their heart-shaped casters and by
picking them up they posture takes like rested posture with their gaster
pointing upwards the Queen’s also looks like they’re
dragging their asses to the ground when they are walking if that helped to eased
identification of your Queen and Monica rabida the bigger equivalent of the
Monica they fly from June until September the Queen’s are like the
miracle genus semi classroom and need to be fed during the forming stage how to
defer them from the merica is by washing for two spikes on the back of the ant
thorax Marika has two but the money gap does not polyergus this is a remarkable specie
and we are lucky to have them in Europe they fly from August until September the
Queen is a social parasite and need from starting cocoons from the Fermi
cattiness even the workers from the Queen can’t care for the job their sole
purpose is to read other ant nests and steal their brute this brood will
eventually be closed in their nests and will care for the brood thinking that it
is theirs I think that this PC may be the most peculiar of all your PMS they
are are recalled which means they are adapted to live in good they have their
neutral flight during July and August what is bizarre with this species that
the Queen and the majors of the colony has a flat front end which they use to
block their nest entrance like such and now the Argentine and the invasive
Lynn epidemic you Millie I think it’s pronounced like that specie flight from
May until July this is a very invasive specie and have out competed other
native species in Europe their success is because of their unique collaboration
between colonies all nests are dr. nests from a single colony that has achieved
to because of human activity reproduce in Europe eventually you have a super
colony that stretches super far recently there has been another colony that has
managed to colonize Barcelona and later reproduce the consequence is two super
colonies competing for terrain reminds me of the human colonization but this
time Europe is the victim take that Europe Oh dolly showed errors quadrate
tortoise is forgetting the extremely complicated name a fairly easy species
to keep the fly during August and September and are recognizable by their
four dots on their thorax and finally tapi Noma they fly from June until
August also very easy genus to keep they are very small though so consider fight
escape prevention that’s it for Nordic ants today if needed take a screenshot
and I will see you guys soon and if you have any questions watch my other videos
that may explain or comment below and I will answer

47 thoughts on “WHEN TO CATCH A QUEEN ANT | Schedule, species and how to identify them!(Europe)

  1. so.. huh… I have a question…
    I caught 3 queens in late september of last year and still havent identified the species. they've laid eggs in march of this year but still havent hatched. I was wondering if I am doing anything wrong, im worried they wont hatch. anything I can do?

  2. Fantastic video..I see another great ant channel in the works!So excited for that 4 different ant colonies living together 😊

  3. Amazing, professional, super interesting !! I do watch quite a lot of documentaries on how ants organized their societies and It is just great to see the passion you have

  4. I caught 2 formica rufa queens and one of them was so agressive that i had to let go, the other one that i kept has now adopted 3 wild workers(i put them in a frezer for 2 min then add them to a queen) and layed eggs, people say its hard to keep but i dont see it any harder than any other formica

  5. Wow, so happy I found this channel, subbed. There are not many this professional looking ant channels from Nordic Europe. Keep up the good work! Hälsningar från Finland 🐜

  6. nice could you promote my channel In your next video, I was your fifth subscriber after all and my channel Has been going through growth problems right now.

  7. Amazing video as always! keep up the good work one of the best ant channels on youtube in my opinion 🙂 cheers

  8. How did you get your Lasius parasite colony to grow? I heard its really difficult to get them to be accepted as the new queen and not killed in the initial process.

  9. Great video!
    I just found 9 Queen Ants on one day, must be the weather. Could you help me identifying some of them?
    Greatings from Germany!
    Johnny

  10. Your channel looks great! I am from Norway and trying to get into ant keeping this year. I am very happy I found someone who makes videos of ants in this climate. I will follow your channel onward! good luck! 🙂

  11. Great video brilliant editing and good info and pictures but what was that horrible ringtone style noise when the name of the ants dropped onto the chart please do not include in further videos

  12. Here is a free Android app that identifies four different kinds of ants by pointing smart device camera at the ant. Available at: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.daita.ant

  13. Hey Nordic im looking for some Myrmica queens, where should i look for them and has anyone already seen their flight this year

  14. Dear Nordic Ants,
    I find this videos really interesting and it really help me to understand when ants have nuptial flight in Europe. But I couldn't find any chart or list about Asia's ants nuptial flight seasons.

  15. proof you know the difference between spain and catalonia when i read "rival catalan supercolony" after mentioning barcelona.

    i am all subbed and notifications on bro, keep the good work !

  16. Hey Nordic ants are you sure formica rufa fly in May-june plz answer i really need your help right now

  17. That's wrong 🤔 the slave ant needs workers to start they colonies and the parasite ants live in colonies as if they are from the same species, so I mean, for example, in a tetramorium colony live an parasite ants and they live as if they are family…

  18. January, February, Mars….. WTF? xD Anyway the reason I'm commenting is… What species of Queen has two heads? I caught a two headed queen.. I cant find anything anywhere about it… Any ideas?

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