Preliminary Ant Ids for the Southwest Nature Preserve

I have worked through the woodland sample from the Southwestern Nature Preserve, Arlington, Texas. Not many ants were in this sample, possible due to the continued heat.

I found

Crematogaster lineolata (acrobatic ants)

Aphaenogaster carolinesis  (I am pretty sure)

Pheidole – no species id yet (new to me) (big headed ants — definite majors and minors)

Temnothorax — not species Id yet (new to me; perhaps new find for Texas)

and one Pogonomyrmex comanche de-alate queen who may have been working as a forager for her natal colony (too late for her to be a newly mated queen). (the Comanche harvester ant)

 

The prairie sample has a lot more ants in it — which I found a bit surprising since it is so hot (still) now. I had thought the shade of the woodland would have allowed more species to remain active and the prairie ants would be on siesta. The traps are set out for several days in order to catch the ants whenever they are active.