Seems like ants have taken a back seat to other things this year. Regardless, here are a few of my favorite photographs from 2014.
Even missing a leg, a Pogonomyrmex warrior is ready to defend her nest.
Not sure what these Solenopsis workers are finding so interesting on rush milkweed buds.
Sometime I wasn't intending to feature ants. For example, I was more interested in the delicate Thurber's cotton flower than the rover ant visiting the nectary.
Like other cotton plants, the Thurber's cotton also has extrafloral nectaries that attract ants.
Nothing is more exciting than finding princess ants about to swarm after the first rains of summer.
How about Messor pergandei taken at my favorite place to visit ants? (A good place to look for ants if you don't mind dodging mountain bikes, that is. )
Do you have an end-of-the-year post of nature photographs? Feel free to share your link in the comments.
Happy New Year!
When does an ant look like a stretched-out wasp?
(Thanks to Cameron for help on this one).
I was going to take a photograph of a desert willow flower for another of my blogs, when I noticed some ant activity.
Forelius worker ants were all over one cluster of flowers.
As far as I could tell, they were only visiting this one cluster out of probably fifty nearby.
It would have been interesting to find out more, but I had to run (story of my life).
I have seen Forelius streaming up and down trees. They seem to forage in crowds.
What do you think?
The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, Arizona is hosting David Roger's Big Bugs sculpture exhibit. We went to visit today.
Of course I went right for the ants.
The big ants are nicely positioned along the skyline.
At 725 pounds each, these are serious ants!
What, no elbowed antennae?
And of course, little ants...
Note to self: If all your photographs are out of focus it might be time to clean the lens! 🙂