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This is a sandy soiled prairie in the Southwest Nature Preserve in Arlington, TX. The Comanche harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex comanche, has about 50 active colonies in this area.

Preliminary Identifications for the SWNP – prairie ants

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.

Crematogaster lineolata

Dorymyrmex flavus and D. sp.

Forelius mccooki

Nylanderia arenivaga and N. vividula

Pheidole sp. (only minors)

Pogonomyrmex comanche

Solenopsis xyloni and Solenopsis sp. (Diplorthoptrum group, thief ants)

Trachymyrmex turrifex

 

Comanche Harvester Ant Colonies in the Southwest Nature Preserve, Arlington, Texas

As part of my study of the spatial ecology of the Comanche harvester ant, I have been mapping colony or nest locations over a number of years. Here is the most recent mapping of a population of this ant in the Southwest Nature Preserve, in Arlington, Texas. I have also mapped this population in 2011 and 2012. There has been no significant change in the population size nor in the colony locations.

Comanche harvester ant colonies in the Southwest Nature Preserve, Arlington, Texas.

Comanche harvester ant colonies in the Southwest Nature Preserve, Arlington, Texas.