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Found in Benson Arizona. Possibly Formica sp.?


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#21 Online T.C. - Posted January 12 2018 - 12:46 PM

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 their head looks like the back of a dude's butt making a yoga pose.

 

 

I'll bet you know what that looks like....

 

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#22 Offline nurbs - Posted January 12 2018 - 12:48 PM

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 their head looks like the back of a dude's butt making a yoga pose.

 

 

I'll bet you know what that looks like....

 

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#23 Online gcsnelling - Posted January 12 2018 - 1:16 PM

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Odontomachus can be extremely common around Portal during the monsoon season.



#24 Offline LC3 - Posted January 12 2018 - 3:55 PM

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Do Monomorium minimum or another species of Monomorium have a mutualistic relationship with Formica? Apparently the little black ants are a Monomorium cf. minimum, that might be useful info for an ID.


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#25 Offline VoidElecent - Posted January 12 2018 - 4:45 PM

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What a lovely thread. Thanks for the awesome formatting of the original post— made me very happy.


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#26 Offline littlebandicoot - Posted January 12 2018 - 5:27 PM

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Well with my photos not being what I would call the best, I took the time to fill out the form Drew was so wonderful to provide. I know that giving as much written detail along with photos can be a great help. You might have 2 species (like I do) that are almost identical but little factors in the nest's personality, eating habits, or movement can be a key thing in helping to ID a species. Being some one who has done stuff for reptile forums, Tarantula keeping forums, and a host of other critter sites, IDing  an insect, lizard, or even a spider species can be a pain with a blury photo and nothing to go along with it.   

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#27 Offline littlebandicoot - Posted January 12 2018 - 5:38 PM

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Do Monomorium minimum or another species of Monomorium have a mutualistic relationship with Formica? Apparently the little black ants are a Monomorium cf. minimum, that might be useful info for an ID.

I'm not 100% sure on that... I can't find much on it. I know some of the Formica are slavers... but the 2 seem to do just fine in the same tree or sharing the same hole (at least from what I'm seeing in my yard nests and the tree base nest). I know on the tree base nest, you don't mess with the little black ants or you will get bit by the Formica. Today I was able to rush outside for a little bit and watch them on the tree outside my window, the little black have been eating up the sap from the cut pieces on the tree and the formica seem to just run up and dow the trunk along the feeding blacks. almost spastic and very aware when I come close to watch.  There were larger ones bringing in carrion beetles to the nest along with seeds and bits of roadkill prairie dog.  a sight to see. that is for sure. would have taken a photo of it but i dropped my phone this morning and shattered the screen.   :facepalm:






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