Went bug hunting, Nov 3 up Tonga Ridge to Mt Sawyer, 4080 ft to 5495. Sunny and clear, great mountain views, temperature at the trailhead at 8am was 25 degrees, temperature at the top of Mt. Sawyer at 1pm was 56 degrees. A surprising amount of insect activity at this elevation considering it has been below freezing for the past several nights. Collected Hover flies, crane flies, Sircidae (horntail wasp). Saw 4 spp. of moths (collected to look at and then released) Saw Hallid wasps in 3 different locations, and found a thatch ant mound at 4300 ft (no ants sited). At one point I stood at the edge of a sunny meadow and counted 34 flying insects in view (mostly crane flies and midges). I was not expecting this many bugs this late, this high. Love to know of other high elevation sightings of thatch ant mounds, and especially interested in vegetation surrounding thatch ants. Today's mound, like many others I have found was in a bracken fern dominant meadow. Rob Sandelin, Naturalist, Writer, teacher firstname.lastname@example.org --- Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free. Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com). Version: 6.0.332 / Virus Database: 186 - Release Date: 3/6/02
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