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    Carpenter Ant Queens

    Picture of live winged carpenter ant queen in profile.These ants are prolific in mature conifer forests, especially in the Pacific Northwest. Carpenter Ant winged queen migration flights produce some of the most important hatches of the season. This is true on our local lakes and streams west of the Cascade Mountains. They are the largest ant species in our region (up to 5/8" inch long bodies). Hatches happen when the air temperature climbs above 85-degrees for the first time during the spring or summer season. The hatch timing can vary drastically with elevation or climatic changes. Expect to see carpenter ant queen flights from April through August.

    Picture of Winged Carpenter Ant Queen from the underside with wings spread.Here is a Queen with wings extended. When an ant comes in contact with water they usually die and sink quickly. Ant flies may be fished wet or dry.

    Picture of Carpenter Ant Queen after she has bit her wings off.

    When a place to found a colony is found, each Carpenter Ant Queen, and for that matter queens of all species of ants bite off their wings so that they can form a nest more effectively. By this time the female ant is already pregnant and my lay thousands of eggs to establish a new empire

    Fish your ant pattern dry or wet.