Posts Tagged: Ant

Sarracenia purpurea (Purple Pitcher Plant) in New Hampshire

On our recent  trip down to the Big Thicket in Texas, Laurie and I saw Sarracenia alata (“Pale Pitcher Plants”). That got me thinking about the Pitcher Plants that I used to see in New Hampshire. Those New Hampshire plants were a different species, Sarracenia purpurosa – the “Purple Pitcher Plant”.  I was struck by the

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Western Thatching Ants (Formica obscuripes) in the Early Spring

We had a windy, sunny day here in Southwestern Colorado.  I decided to go out and take some Western Thatching Ant (Formica obscuripes) photographs. To get low angle photographs of the ants, I need to crouch (or lay down) near the them. Getting the ants in focus is kind of fiddly, so I usually need

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Ruins on the Colorado Sage Plains

A few months ago, I was out roaming the Great Sage Plains with my Faithful Hound, Jack. We came to a series of clearings in the Sage, slightly raised hummocks that were covered with scattered rubble. Hmm. This looked like an archaeological site. Related Posts:Jack the CrowRed-spotted Toad (Anaxyrus punctatus) tadpoles in a…The Great GalleryPetrified

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Coccid Thorn Gall on Emory Oak – Olliffiella cristicola

In September of 2002, I was walking along a trail in Gardner Canyon, in Arizona’s Santa Rita Mountains. I noticed a 4-5′ high shrub on the side of the trail. It looked like some type of scrub oak, or Emory Oak. What was unusual, though was the shrub’s leaves – about half of the leaves

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Novomessor cockerelli

Ah, these are such marvelous ants. They are large, aware, alert, and relatively friendly to people. This one is posing in front of her nest entrance. They always seemed to have these relatively enormous nest entrances. Related Posts:Novomessor cockerelli Ants and Lycaenid CaterpillarNeivamyrmex nigrescens – Army AntNovomessor cockerelli Ants and Myrmecophilous Beetle…Aspen Gall – Leaf

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Tetramorium immigrans (Pavement Ant) War

I was walking through one of the city parks in Cortez, Colorado a couple of days ago and came across what looked like a black, shiny liquid that had been poured onto the edge of the sidewalk. Looking a little more closely, I could see that it was a mass of fighting ants.   Related

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Pogonomyrmex rugosus (Rough Harvester Ant)

After my recent photo sessions with Pogonomyrmex occidentalis, I decided that I would go and check on another of the Harvester Ant species that live in Southwestern Colorado – Pogonomyrmex rugosus, the Rough Harvester Ant. We don’t have Pogonomyrmex rugosus at our house, only Pogonomyrmex occidentalis. We’re at around 6500 feet in elevation, which is

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Pogonomyrmex occidentalis (Western Harvester Ant) Photography Session

I took advantage of another sunny Spring day here in Southwestern Colorado to get some Pogonomyrmex occidentalis photos from our back yard. I figured the mostly-cool temperatures would keep the ants relatively sluggish, while the sunshine would get them just warm enough to be active. Related Posts:Western Harvester Ant Mating Flight (Pogonomyrmex…Pogonomyrmex rugosus (Rough Harvester

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Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant)

Another ant that I found on yesterday’s trip to Farmington was Myrmecocystus mimicus. These are a type of “Honeypot Ant”. They were much easier to photograph than the Pogonomyrmex, since Myrmecocystus can’t sting, and are not very aggressive. I think they had only started to emerge as I watched them, since they had not yet

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