Yesterday was Christmas morning for me! Early in the morning, I let the dog outside, and I did my morning checks for nuptial flight evidence. Immediately I noticed Tetramorium queens scurrying all over the place. Luckly I had my collection vial (a free gift from Mack of Tar Heel Ants) and I started my collection. I quickly rounded up the wife/kids to go on a walk around the neighborhood with me. On our walk, I was finding Tetramorium queens all over the place.
I was even lucky enough to have witnessed a nuptial flight in progress at our local park. I witnessed a large swell of Tetramorium workers clumped together on the curb. The allates were skimming the top of the swell, and they were just randomly taking flight. It truly was a wonderful scene to watch. I was stunned to see the number of allates that the colony had produced. There must have been hundreds of them.
Overall, I collected approximately 40 Tetramorium queens. I ran out of test tubes, and I am waiting to give a few away, or just let them go. For anyone that lives in, or around, SE Idaho I would recommend that now is a good time to catch a few Tetramorium queens. I have housed many different species of ants, and so far Tetramorium have been one of my favorite.