Nuptial Flights of 2016 Have Begun
Because we're in the southern hemisphere, our nuptial flights begin in spring around this time of the year.
After a slow start we're finally starting to see our first nuptial flights.
First up was an unidentified species of Monomorium that flew late last week. These ants are fairly small and you can see photos of them in the wild here. We managed to catch one queen that landed on us and promptly dropped her wings. You can see a photo of her above.
Next up was Doleromyrma darwiniana. We've noticed their alates congregating in the nest for some time now and they finally had their nuptial flight on a warm humid day before a rain storm. This species is also quite small with workers around 2-3mm. We were lucky enough to find a queen and you can see her in a photo above.
Hopefully this is a sign of things to come in the immediate future.
We'll be sure to let you guys know of any other queens we find this year.
This quarter we're happy to bring you a brief look at an Oecophylla smaragdina formicarium from Viktor Underwood.