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Large Carpenter Ant (Camponotus) At Cave Creek Ranch

This may be the western carpenter ant (Camponotus modoc), the largest ant seen at Cave Creek Ranch. Nine species of carpenter ants (Camponotus) are known from Cave Creek. Species reported from Portal & Cave Creek Canyon (according to Antweb.org) include: C. festinatus, C. fumidus, C. fragilis, C. hyatti, C. microps, C. modoc, C. pudorosus, C. sansabeanus, C. sayi, C. schaefferi, C. semitestaceus, C. ulcerosus, C. vafer, and C. vicinus.


Aphaenogaster Attacking Harvester Ant (Pogonomyrmex)

Apparently these Aphaenogaster ants did not want the harvester ant near their nest. Two species of Aphaenogaster are reported from Cave Creek: A. albisetosa and A. texana.


Crematogaster Nest & Eggs In Cave Creek Canyon


Crematogaster Ants Attacking A Beetle

Seven species of Crematogaster are reported from Cave Creek.


Unusual Little Leaf-Cutters Along Cave Creek

This freshy dug nest was in the recent flood area along Cave Creek.

This spiny little leaf-cutter ant belongs to the genus Trachymyrmex, possibly T. arizonensis. I photographed a different species (Acromyrmex versicolor) at Boyce-Thompson Arboretm and in a wash north of Blythe, CA.

Acromyrmex versicolor photographed at Boyce-Thompson Arboretum in March 2013.

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Honeypot Ant Near Hollbrook, AZ: (Possibly Myrmecocystus mexicanus)

Characteristic honeypot ant nest. This appears to be Myrmecocystus mexicanus; however, it is very similar to M. navajo and could be the latter species. It was photographed in October 2013 near Hollbrook, Arizona.

This appears to be Myrmecocystus mexicanus; however, it is very similar to M. navajo and could be the latter species. According to AntWiki, the head, pronotum and gaster of M. mexicanus has abundant appressed pubescence. The head, pronotum and gaster of this species is shiny, without appressed pubescence; however, it does have scattered erect hairs.


Pyramid Ant Nest (Dorymyrmex) Along Lower Salt River


Red Harvester Ants (Pogonomyrmex) Along Lower Salt River


Black Harvester Ants (Pogonomyrmex) Along Lower Salt River

These ants were numerous and difficult to photograph: They readily crawl up your pant legs and sting viciously if they happen to reach bare skin. Along with the red harvester ant they have a pain rating of 3.0 on the 4 point Schmidt Pain Sting Index!


Red Harvester Ants (Pogonomyrmex) Nest In Little Dragoon Mtns

A large clearing 10 feet (3 m) across made by colony of harvester ants (Pogonomyrmex). The ants carefully remove all plants and competing root systems from their subterranean nest.


Harvester Ants (Pogonomyrmex & Messor) Along Union Pacific RR

Two species of harvester ants: Messor (left) and Pogonomyrmex (right) along the Union Pacific railroad tracks at Dateland. Although they are the same color and approximately the same size, the pogos can deliver a painful sting.