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#1 Offline Invix - Posted March 24 2024 - 4:21 PM

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I am going to pinyon pines CA (near palm springs) this monday, what is my best bet for catching queens? What species should I expect?

#2 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted March 24 2024 - 5:00 PM

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Unfortunately, you probably won't find any queens at this time of year. Look around and you could find some cool ants though.


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#3 Offline Invix - Posted March 24 2024 - 5:12 PM

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Camponotus flies in march though. Where and what time would I look for them?

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#4 Offline Artisan_Ants - Posted March 24 2024 - 6:17 PM

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Just generally; most species of Camponotus fly in April. You might still find some (depending on the species) but they might not all be fertilized, and most would probably be those fliers who leave too early (I remember catching a very early C. pennsylvanicus alate. Put her in a set up, but she laid no eggs so I release her). Although, if you do still find alates (more than one for the best) that is of course, the best indicator that they are flying there. Camponotus also tend to fly from 3:00 PM to possibly even 10:00 PM. I found a nuptial flight of C. chromaiodes outside in April of last year at about 4:00 PM. Hopefully you’ll find some de-alates there. Good luck!
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#5 Offline AntsCali098 - Posted March 25 2024 - 6:14 PM

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Camponotus flies in march though. Where and what time would I look for them?

If I'm not mistaken, Camponotus fly in the mountains at this time of year, you'll have to wait till summertime if you want to find desert queens. I'm assuming where you are gong is a desert area given its near palm springs?

With that said, the desert always has some cool ants out and about all year (when its a reasonable temperature) so hope you'll find some cool stuff!


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#6 Online AsdinAnts - Posted April 1 2024 - 12:41 PM

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will ants fly around this time or April? It is going to be in the 80s

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#7 Offline GOCAMPONOTUS - Posted April 1 2024 - 12:55 PM

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I heard some sansabeanus flew but I am not entirely sure

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6. Pheidole Californica. 65 workers

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