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Socal Myrmecocystus Anting/Planning thread

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#61 Offline nurbs - Posted July 20 2017 - 9:34 AM

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Heading home ATM, not a lot of containers left and don't want my ants to cook in my car.

By the way the flight def happened at around 9pm, same for what I think is mimicus. Massive termite flight and about a dozen other bugs I couldn't id too. I was pulling drones out of my ears this morning.

I'll scope out 29 palms on the way back too

 

Best of luck Soul! Nurse that headache. Those suck.



#62 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 20 2017 - 11:28 AM

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Goffs Rd a few hundred yards north of hidden hills rd

 

Nice. So just north of Fenner, CA... aka the gas station. :lol: That spot was dry as a bone the last time I was there a week ago, so that totally makes sense.



#63 Offline soulsynapse - Posted July 20 2017 - 12:29 PM

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Area east of 29 palms is way hot, I saw a few founding chambers but nothing came up. Ground there is like, 2 inches dry, then 4 inches damp, then dry again.

I stopped 3 or 4 times between these two points and didn't have luck. It was very very dry pretty much everywhere and there definitely wasn't that desert rain smell.

Edit will reup the img later

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camponotus quersicola | camponotus laevigatus | camponotus vicinus | camponotus clarithorax | veromessor pergandei | pheidole barbata| dorymyrmex insanus | liometopum occidentale | pogonomyrmex californius | solenopsis xyloni

 

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#64 Offline soulsynapse - Posted July 20 2017 - 3:42 PM

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k well this is a bit disappointing, but I guess live and learn

 

so here's what happened

 

1) I didn't think dorymyrmex would really fly that much cuz I caught an insanus in what, feb?

2) I knew mexicanus was bigger than everything else, but didn't know by how much

3) I looked up what honeypots looked like, then started my trek out there

4) I found what I thought was mexicanus at around 9 or 10pm, so I assumed it wasn't implausible for the other myrmecocystus species to be flying too

 

 

^ mimicus

 

vs what I found

 

 

so assuming that the myrmecocystus that I found was mexicanus, I assumed the smaller ones were mimicus

 

but what actually happened was I probably found navajo, and the rest are dorymyrmex

 

 

so kind of a bitter lesson, and at least I didn't come back without anything new. hopefully my 1 myrmecocystus is fertile.


camponotus quersicola | camponotus laevigatus | camponotus vicinus | camponotus clarithorax | veromessor pergandei | pheidole barbata| dorymyrmex insanus | liometopum occidentale | pogonomyrmex californius | solenopsis xyloni

 

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#65 Offline soulsynapse - Posted July 20 2017 - 4:12 PM

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more annoyed than deterred, though I feel like a moron

 

24 hour rainfall:

 


camponotus quersicola | camponotus laevigatus | camponotus vicinus | camponotus clarithorax | veromessor pergandei | pheidole barbata| dorymyrmex insanus | liometopum occidentale | pogonomyrmex californius | solenopsis xyloni

 

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#66 Offline soulsynapse - Posted July 20 2017 - 4:51 PM

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totals: 8 novomessor, 9 d. bicolor 2 d. insanus, 1 m. navajo, 4 crematogaster


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#67 Offline soulsynapse - Posted July 20 2017 - 5:02 PM

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This was before I realized most of this was termites, but here you go:

 


camponotus quersicola | camponotus laevigatus | camponotus vicinus | camponotus clarithorax | veromessor pergandei | pheidole barbata| dorymyrmex insanus | liometopum occidentale | pogonomyrmex californius | solenopsis xyloni

 

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#68 Offline Scrixx - Posted July 20 2017 - 6:33 PM

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This was before I realized most of this was termites, but here you go:

 

 

Doesn't change that it was successful! Is that a handheld blacklight?


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#69 Offline nurbs - Posted July 20 2017 - 6:33 PM

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You found what Drew and I call a mini Mexican.
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#70 Offline dspdrew - Posted July 21 2017 - 6:49 AM

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Termites fly out there like crazy every time the rain stops. I had so many of them one time I could scoop them out of the back of my truck by the hand-full. I usually take home a jar filled with them. They make great ant food. Just store them in the freezer. Sometimes you'll get huge brown beetles too. Pogonomyrmex go nuts over those things.






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