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Ants - Cyphomyrmex rimosus

Ants - Cyphomyrmex rimosus
FIU Nature Preserve, Miami-Dade County, Florida, USA
September 22, 2017
UPDATE 2/15/18: I forgot to include the iNaturalist link:

Moved from Ants.

These are Cyphomyrmex rimosus complex fungus-growing ants, a generally subterranean species. Perhaps they were gathered on the leaf to escape flooding?

Spot on with the flooding!
Steven, I can confirm that the area was flooded. Thank you for the notes on your ID. An inaturalist user ID'd them as Trachymyrmex septentrionalis with the following notes "Most common fungus grower on the Eastern seaboard. Workers are too bulky and lightly coloured to be S. jamaicensis." but then another user suggested the same ID you did: Cyphomyrmex rimosus
It really is interesting that they abandoned ship to escape flooding! This area had some solitary sandpipers and it is normally dry...a place you'd never expect to find shorebirds (besides the field loving killdeers)

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