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#841 Offline NancyZamora4991 - Posted July 19 2023 - 12:16 PM


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I would blacklight at a promising park at sundown. You can look at INaturalist to see what species are where and what time they fly. Your best bet is backlighting on a hot good day.

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#842 Offline Mlopez91 - Posted July 20 2023 - 11:51 AM



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Thanks for the helpful information I really appreciate it.

#843 Online bmb1bee - Posted August 24 2023 - 8:24 AM


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Planning on going all-out in anting, starting at the end of this year and all of 2024's nuptial flights. Nuptial flights haven't ended this year at all; I believe some Camponotus species and Crematogaster will be flying next month, and maybe Hypoponera in October.


Does anyone have information to offer for these fall-flying "sansabeanus-complex" Camponotus? So far all I have on them is that they fly around mid to late September and a bit in October, usually after a spike in heat. Not sure if rain has to do with it, since they didn't fly after the massive heat wave at the beginning of September last year but ended up flying after it hit 85+ following a day-long rain. Rain was on the 18th of September and flights in the Bay started on the 23rd. I'll be out for these and Crematogaster if they fly as well. San Jose seems to be a good spot to look for this fall-flying species. I have one alate I caught by my school (observation posted on iNat on the 29th) preserved and will attempt to ID it to the best of my ability.


(I'm desperate to go anting with other people, if anyone here in the Bay is interested please PM me...:lol:


Link to iNat sightings of the fall-flying Camponotus: https://www.inatural...g/observations?

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