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Anybody know where to find Scolopendra polymorpha in Southern CA?

Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by sloth, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. sloth

    sloth Arachnoknight Active Member

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    So I’ve been on the hunt for a Scolopendra polymorpha. I felt like I’ve looked everywhere around me and have yet to find one. Does anyone know where I can look? Doesn’t have to be exact location just the general area. Thanks
     
  2. neubii18

    neubii18 Arachnosquire

    Where in So Cal are you? It has been a good year for polymorpha with all the rains this year.
     
  3. sloth

    sloth Arachnoknight Active Member

    I’m right around Upland
     
  4. neubii18

    neubii18 Arachnosquire

    I never flipped up in that area, but for sure if you go south to Corona, you’ll find them. Any of the fields around Lake Elsinore are great for rock flipping them too, just be sure to respect the habitat and put each rock back exactly how you found it.

    I found 10-15 good sized ones flipping boards this past weekend within an hour, so it is definitely a good time of year for them.

    Goodluck!
     
  5. sloth

    sloth Arachnoknight Active Member

    Thanks! :D
     
  6. khil

    khil Arachnobaron

    Speaking of which....same but in Northern CA? They are so elusive, haven't been able to find one.
     
  7. neubii18

    neubii18 Arachnosquire

    I know they are supposed to range up there, but have not had the chance to look. Look for drier, rocky areas. Your best bet is a normally dry area after it rains, which brings them to the surface and under rocks.
     
  8. Outpost31Survivor

    Outpost31Survivor Arachnosquire Active Member

    I have a great success finding them by flipping stones on hills and mountains in SoCal same may apply in NorCal.
     
  9. Outpost31Survivor

    Outpost31Survivor Arachnosquire Active Member


    Seek elevation, hills and small mountains is where I always find S.polymorpha in SoCal. Usually stones with weeds and grass grown around them. I must have caught dozens in my life time. But I have rarely caught one lacking some elevation.