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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:

 

Queens:

  • Camponotus caryaeJournal
  • Camponotus pennsylvanicus Journal
  • Formica subsericea
  • Lasius cf. claviger (Hibernating; No Host Colony)
  • Myrmecina americana  —  Journal
  • Prenolepis imparis x6 —  Journal
  • Tetramorium immigrans x26  —  Journal

 

Other Animals:

  • Felis catus x5
  • Phodopus roborovskii x2
  • Various Fish
  • Younger Brothers x2

#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 Offline 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.

 

http://www.insectboa...collect-insects


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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.


Current Queens:

6x Crematogaster spp. Three with eggs, three without

1x Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

28x Camponotus essigi

 

Current Colony:

1x Formica argentea

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Harmony with land is like harmony with a friend; you cannot cherish his right hand and chop off his left.

-Aldo Leopold






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