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Salton Sea Road Trip March 2017 Part 5
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Ant Species
Fire Ants At Dos Palmas Preserve

  Images Of Dos Palmas Preserve  
  Ants Of Dos Palmas Preserve  

Desert Fire Ant (Tentatively Solenopsis aurea)

Microscope view of fire ant (Solenopsis) with orange-red gaster from Dos Palmas Oasis. According to James Trager the above images may be Solenopsis aurea rather than S. amblychila. This image confirms the S. aurea identity according to the "Texas Fire Ant Indentification & Illustrated Key" (2002) by Jerry L. Cook (Stephen F. Austin University), Sean T. O'Keefe and S. Bradleigh Vinson (Texas A & M University).

Pyramid Ant Nest (Dorymyrmex)

Pyramid ant nest (Dorymyrmex). Tentatively D. insanus.

Ants At Joshua Tree National Park

  Honeypot Ants of Joshua Tree National Park (1)  
  Honeypot Ants of Joshua Tree National Park (1)  

Harvester Ant (Pogonomyrmex californicus)

While running on very hot sand this species raises its black gaster.

Harvester ant (Pogonomyrmex californicus) extracting nutlets from popcorn flower.

  Nutlets Within Calyces Of White Forget-Me-Nots & Popcorn Flowers