Carpenter Ant Queens
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.
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
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.