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Catching Nocturnal Flyers!

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#1 Offline JackPearl - Posted November 7 2017 - 2:53 PM

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Hello everyone :)

So Camponotus flights are beginning in Australia in the next month or two. And some colonies have been flying already! (I caught x6 C.Lownei queens a week and a half ago).

However, knowing that they are night flyers I have been recommended using lights to catch them more efficiently (compared to looking under street lights, or stumbling around blindly).

I've been told blacklights work best, I've been told other types of lights aswell. So, please comment on which light works best, or works best for you. Also any strategies for catching them. As I've never tried it before. Thanks :)

#2 Offline Mettcollsuss - Posted November 7 2017 - 4:31 PM

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Actually, I have been wondering how these blacklight traps work and how to set one up as well.


Colonies:

  • Aphaenogaster rudis  —  Journal
  • Formica subsericea    Journal
  • Tetramorium immigrans  —  Journal

 

Queens:

  • Brachymyrmex depilis
  • Formica cf. incerta  —  Journal
  • Formica subsericea x2 (Probably Infertile)
  • Lasius cf. claviger x2 (Hibernating; No Host Colony)
  • Lasius cf. flavus
  • Myrmecina americana  —  Journal

 

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  • Phodopus roborovskii x2
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#3 Offline JackPearl - Posted November 7 2017 - 5:35 PM

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Actually, I have been wondering how these blacklight traps work and how to set one up as well.


Yea, exactly. If anyone has a recommendation on how to setup a blacklight setup aswell, it'd be much appreciated.

#4 Online T.C. - Posted November 7 2017 - 10:43 PM

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Actually, I have been wondering how these blacklight traps work and how to set one up as well.


Yea, exactly. If anyone has a recommendation on how to setup a blacklight setup aswell, it'd be much appreciated.

 

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#5 Offline CallMeCraven - Posted November 8 2017 - 8:22 AM

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Set up of the traps is pretty easy. You just drape a white sheet over a fence, clothes line, side of your truck, and then hang a black light over it.

 

Here is a good example:

 

 

Most people just use a black light they get from your local variety store.


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