In my neighbor's yard is a decently sized White Ash Tree, a tree that is often home to an ant that is starting to disappear as these trees are driven to the brink of extinction, as this is the only place these ants can make their nests, Colobopsis mississippiensis. I wanted to climb this tree and see if there were possibly any inside of it's branches, but it wasn't going to be an easy feat. There were about 15 feet between the base of the tree and it's first limb, and I would have to scale that if I wanted to get up into that tree. It also didn't make it any easier that I'm a very weak person. I built up some strength and started to climb, slowly and painfully. I finally got to the first limb and grappled onto it as tight as I could. I had completely run out of strength at that point, so I decided to let go. I fell down with a crash to the forest floor, breathing heavily. After a few minutes of rebuilding my strength, I was ready to try again, so I did. This time I brought my leg over the limb and rested on it like an iguana would. After a few minutes of panting and sweating profusely, I stood up and started breaking off all of the dead branches I could find. In one, there was a colony of Pseudomyrmex ejectus. I dropped out of the tree and brought all of the sticks to my driveway to crack open. I started to collect that colony of Pseudomyrmex ejectus, when I noticed that there was something different about the end of the small stick. I looked in and saw the distinctive head of a Colobopsis major, and a Colobopsis mississippiensis at that! I dumped the Pseudomyrmex ejectus workers out of my aspirator and started to collect the Colobopsis mississippiensis colony instead. I then realized that the "major" was actually a queen! A worker also came out, along with an egg and 4 pupa. There was surprisingly a major though, who was starting to run off. I'm very surprised at the presence of this major, and it makes me think that there's more to this colony that I haven't found yet. I also managed to find a queen tonight, but she sadly died for no apparent reason. Tomorrow, I'm going back up into that tree to search for the rest of that colony, and hopefully I find them.
Edited by Ferox_Formicae, June 4 2019 - 6:50 PM.