● Madera Canyon [Pinal Co], AZ USA [el. 1363 m / 4474 ft] view location in Google Maps »
● 11/03/10 8:46AM sunny, windy, air temp: 21°C / 70°F
[IMAGE 1 of 2] Two Pogonomyrmex barbatus workers are seen here with the carcass of an Aphaenogaster ablisetosa harvester ant. The P. barbatus workers were engaged in what seemed a pointless tug-of-war, and gradually worked their way farther and farther from their own nest. It is possible that the Pogos were from different colonies, but it is doubtful, as no other nest was seen in the immediate vicinity. As with most Pogos, P. barbatus does scavenge for (and even prey upon) other insects as potential food sources. [scroll down for additional notes/references]
·McCook, H.C. 1880. The Natural History of the Agricultural Ant of Texas. A Monograph of the Habits, Architecture, and Structure of Pogonomyrmex Barbatus. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co. 1880
- Pogolumina - Pogonomyrmex Harvester Ants of North America
Images of Pogonomyrmex barbatus
- the red harvester, at various locations in Texas and Arizona, USA. Scroll down PAST BOTTOM OF PAGE for complete image description, and CLICK large image to make it even LARGER...