I am completing the ant identifications for the prairie and forest in the Southwest Nature Preserve in Arlington, Texas and the additional prairies, Statford and Tandy Hills, in Fort Worth, Texas. I believe I have found another Temnothorax species which I have not been able to identify and another Pheidole species. This is quite exciting. No Pogonomyrmex ants are found in the Stratford or Tandy Hills Prairies.
Here is a list of the ant species, tentatively identified for the Southwest Nature Preserve, Arlington, Texas — from the prairie site where the Comanche harvester ant is nesting.
Dorymyrmex flavus and D. sp.
Nylanderia arenivaga and N. vividula
Pheidole sp. (only minors)
Solenopsis xyloni and Solenopsis sp. (Diplorthoptrum group, thief ants)
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.
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.