What a day.
The alates were acting differently today - staying out for quite awhile but running back. Never saw any fly away. Way more females than males. I decided to wander after checking out a bunch of nests. I was on a side hill with a south exposure that was a packed dirt road and one dealate ran across in front of me !! The collecting began. All I did was walk back and forth about 60 yd. I knew they would be attracted to a lighter surface and they sure were. It was very easy to get them. I had visions of painstaking searching amongst the cactus and rattlesnakes. Nerve wracking looking for them and their nests!! Lol. I needed 4 sets of eyes One for ants on the ground some for ants flying some for the cactus everywhere and one for the snakes.
I am beyond thrilled.
Need to get more test tubes!!
Half are in pill bottles with a moist cotton ball piece
Medicine Hat pogonomyrmex Occidentalis flew!! Collected some
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