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Western harvester ants

Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Habitat:

North Table Mountain

1 Species ID Suggestions

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 8 years ago
Western harvester ant
Pogonomyrmex occidentalis Species Pogonomyrmex occidentalis - Western Harvester Ant - BugGuide.Net


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2 Comments

AdamBrown
AdamBrown 8 years ago

Thanks for the ID and the info Goody. I did watch them for a little while. I should watch more carefully to see what stuff they are carrying around.

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 8 years ago

The harvester ant is capable of stinging but it is much different than the fire ant that you mentioned. They don't behave in quite the same way. They are much more mild mannered and you can approach their nest without setting off a stinging swarm. I think it's a lot of fun to watch harvesters carry food items back to their nest. The species we have in Oklahoma has been on the decline for years, and that's greatly impacting the population of Texas horned lizards, which rely on these ants for food.

AdamBrown
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AdamBrown

Golden, Colorado, USA

Spotted on May 31, 2012
Submitted on Jun 2, 2012

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