Pheidole morrisii is a widely distributed Pheidole species of eastern North America, where it extends from Florida in the south to New York in the north. They are known for nesting in sand or sandy soils (found very abundantly in Florida) and getting large colonies in the tens of thousands. Their queens, at about 8-10 millimeters long, are the largest Pheidole queens in the eastern United States, just beating Pheidole obscurithorax, the introduced South American species.
June 4, 2020
On this day I received my very first Pheidole morrisii queen from user 123LordOfAnts123. She already had a small ball of eggs.
Here she is compared to a queen of Pheidole obscurithorax (left), which were previously the largest Pheidole queens I'd seen.
June 11, 2020
One week later, she has well over a hundred eggs (nearing 200) and the first few larvae are beginning to hatch. I have never seen P. obscurithorax or dentata anywhere near this prolific during founding.
Edited by Aaron567, September 15 2020 - 1:29 PM.