So I have two places I started hitting to observe and research: Red Rock Canyon area and a flat untouched flat desert land plot in the city (its about a half mile by half mile block).
Some misc things in my past weeks:
1. I think I found a very big Myrmecoystus Mendax colony. I have several ones I've caught to try to verify an ID on with folks way more experienced than me. They are super active during the day, and evening. I haven't watched them during sunrise or at night; those are my next plans.
2. Found a ton of red harvester ant colonies. I believe they are Pogonomyrmex Occidentalis or something very close like Californicus.
3. Found a TON of what I believe are Pogonomyrmex Rugosus. These guys are HUGE, the biggest ants I've seen and their colonies are the biggest and most active of what I've ran across so far.
4. The odd thing about the two Pogonomyrmex and possible Mendax is that since summer has gotten 95*F or hotter, they are only active at night. They are not active during the day at all. It's a ghost town from mid-late morning up all the way until hour or two in evening's sundown. Then they start coming out a bit, and active well into 2am. I thought they are diurnal?
I haven't had a chance to check out anything in the early sunrise and that's my next goal. I also want to locate some Myrmecoystus Mexicanus, I tried to find some with a headlamp walking at night (spooky in the desert) but could not find anything unless I glanced over them due to their coloring matching the ground (but I was hoping I'd see a nest so ton of movement would catch my eye). I may have to go a bit higher where some pine trees start popping up like up the mountains towards Mt. Charleston to catch these Honeypots.
Edited by MojaveAnts, June 28 2021 - 12:40 AM.