Anhzor and I headed out to the desert to check out a few other places. Again, this is going to serve as an ID thread for a few of the species I did not know, and the ones I was unsure of, so if somebody can help me out with those I would appreciate it.
First we stopped at Whitewater Preserve very early in the morning while it was still cool out. This place was kind of a desert scrub type habitat and had water running there because of all the recent rain. Here's what we found:
Formica francoeuri (Again, I'm not sure, because this time we are in more of a desert habitat. This had a redish brown head and thorax, and a very dark brown or black gaster. It was also 5.5 mm in length.)
At this point we headed over to Mission Creek Preserve, just on the other side of the eastern ridge from Whitewater Preserve. This place was pretty much the same kind of habitat as the last place.
Aside from a lot of the same ants we found at Whitewater Preserve (minus the Formica), we also found:
Solenopsis xyloni (We found a dead queen in the middle of a long trail of them moving their nest.)
Myrmecocystus sp. (This was 5 mm in length, with a redish orange head, yellowish orange thorax, and black gaster.)
The last place seemed better, so we decided to go back there for a while longer. By now it was getting very hot out, and it looked like most of the ants were already closing up their nests for the hottest part of the day. We did manage to find what looked like a very dark brown and small Myrmecocystus species.
Myrmecocystus sp. (These ants were all about 4mm long, very dark brown, and behaved exactly like Myrmecocystus. Also, these were probably the fastest moving ants I've ever seen. When they moved it looked almost like the wind was blowing them.)