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Pogonomyrmex Mystery: What Are Those Spots? Follow Up

Remember that  Pogonomyrmex nest with the shiny black spots around the nest entrances from a few weeks back?

 

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This one?

Upon revisiting a few weeks later, the ants are looking better.

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They seem to have cleaned up nicely.

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Maybe there are a few spots left, but nothing like before.

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What are they harvesting today? You probably recognize the beetle elytra, but what is the gray cylinder?

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You might need to be from Arizona to recognize it. That is part of a seed pod from a tree with the common name "screwbean mesquite."

Wonder what they will be up to next time I visit.

What kind of ants do you visit regularly?

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