● South of Bisbee, AZ [Cochise Co], AZ USA [el. 1445 m / 4742 ft] view location in Google Maps »
● 11/04/10 11:05AM sunny, air temp: 21°C / 70°F
[IMAGE 1 of 3] I followed this particular Pogonomyrmex imberbiculus worker for about 30 minutes. She was apparently trying to return to her nest with a dead termite (several live termites were seen a short distance away at he base of a grass clump). She circled and circled around an area approx. 3 feet square, but never found her nest - nor could I find it. One other P. imberbiculus was also seen wandering around near the termites.
Creighton felt that due to the "lack of pugnacity" of P. imberbiculus (and similar species such as Pogonomyrmex pima), insects and insect parts were obtained through scavenging activities, rather than by attacks on living victims.
·Creighton, W.S. 1956. Studies on the North American Representatives of Ephebomyrmex (Hymenoptera: Formicidae). Psyche 63:54-66
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