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#2181 Offline dspdrew - Posted April 21 2023 - 4:02 PM

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Any Camponotus flights still to happen in the Santa Monica Mountains? There is a heat spike and it is going to hit 80 degrees today, and I was going to look around some of the trails early tomorrow morning.

 

Probably not if they aren't over 6000 feet or so.



#2182 Offline CAantz - Posted April 21 2023 - 4:31 PM

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Would I still have luck if I looked in bark and logs?

#2183 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted May 1 2023 - 8:47 AM

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There were camponotus ca02 and vicinus flying along with a few other unidentified Camponotus near Cleveland national forest CA. I was surprised to find them this late, it was about 85 degrees both days. They were out the most at 8:45 pm. I also spotted some males.


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#2184 Offline AntsAmerica - Posted May 1 2023 - 7:14 PM

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There were camponotus ca02 and vicinus flying along with a few other unidentified Camponotus near Cleveland national forest CA. I was surprised to find them this late, it was about 85 degrees both days. They were out the most at 8:45 pm. I also spotted some males.

Was this tonight? 



#2185 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted May 1 2023 - 7:34 PM

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It was the 28th-29th and possibly the 30th
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#2186 Offline MojaveAnts - Posted May 16 2023 - 12:42 PM

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Just barely reaching the 90*s here in Vegas this upcoming week. First "hot" rain in today vs. rainy days that were on 70*F days and below.

 

Wondering if the Pogonomyrmex reds will be flying early or late this year..



#2187 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted May 16 2023 - 12:47 PM

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Probably not. Pogonomyrmex is a summer flyer.


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#2188 Offline Tanks - Posted June 6 2023 - 7:07 PM

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Probably not. Pogonomyrmex is a summer flyer.

What are their flying conditions?



#2189 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted June 6 2023 - 8:08 PM

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Just when it is hot, maybe 80-90 degrees. I catch mine at 1-2 pm, I think it's when they forage or something.

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#2190 Offline Tanks - Posted June 7 2023 - 6:54 AM

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Just when it is hot, maybe 80-90 degrees. I catch mine at 1-2 pm, I think it's when they forage or something.

Do I need to worry about rain?



#2191 Offline dspdrew - Posted June 7 2023 - 5:47 PM

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Just when it is hot, maybe 80-90 degrees. I catch mine at 1-2 pm, I think it's when they forage or something.

Do I need to worry about rain?

 

Depends on the species.



#2192 Offline Tanks - Posted June 8 2023 - 6:29 AM

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Just when it is hot, maybe 80-90 degrees. I catch mine at 1-2 pm, I think it's when they forage or something.

Do I need to worry about rain?

 

Depends on the species.

 

What about for Californicus and rugos?



#2193 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted June 8 2023 - 8:50 AM

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I catch mine after no rain.


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#2194 Offline YsTheAnt - Posted June 8 2023 - 9:56 AM

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Just when it is hot, maybe 80-90 degrees. I catch mine at 1-2 pm, I think it's when they forage or something.

Do I need to worry about rain?

 

Depends on the species.

 

What about for Californicus and rugos?

 

 

P. californicus flights are triggered mostly by heat (90-100F), though desert populations also use late spring/early summer rain followed by such heat as a trigger. P. rugosus will fly all summer in the desert right after rain.


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#2195 Offline Tanks - Posted June 8 2023 - 1:50 PM

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Just when it is hot, maybe 80-90 degrees. I catch mine at 1-2 pm, I think it's when they forage or something.

Do I need to worry about rain?
Depends on the species.
What about for Californicus and rugos?

P. californicus flights are triggered mostly by heat (90-100F), though desert populations also use late spring/early summer rain followed by such heat as a trigger. P. rugosus will fly all summer in the desert right after rain.

Where are some good locations for catching calis and rugos?

#2196 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted June 8 2023 - 2:13 PM

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Any desert

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#2197 Offline Tanks - Posted June 9 2023 - 8:33 AM

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Any desert

Can you give me a specific location that's in and or around LA county?


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#2198 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted June 9 2023 - 10:50 AM

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Is there a sand trail around you? If you see pogonomrymex californicus workers, there will be queens there. I know a couple here, but that's pretty far from you.

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#2199 Offline Tanks - Posted June 9 2023 - 12:07 PM

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Is there a sand trail around you? If you see pogonomrymex californicus workers, there will be queens there. I know a couple here, but that's pretty far from you.

 

 
I looked on iNaturalist and found 2 locations that seem to have a lot of sightings, would those be good places for catching P.cali queens?

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#2200 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted June 9 2023 - 1:14 PM

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