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ant - Pheidole obscurithorax

ant - Pheidole obscurithorax
Niceville, Okaloosa County, Florida, USA
November 3, 2017

Moved from Ants.

Moved from ID Request.

Not Pogonomyrmex I suspect, l
Look at that minor. This is a Pheidole species.

Given the location they would
Given the location they would have to be Pogonomyrmex badius. The abundance of hairs seems to confirm this though the black in the color pattern doesn't appear to be common.

thanks for the help
I know very little about ants, so read this with a generous spirit. I am familiar with Florida harvester ants, but the pictured ants do not have some of the features I associate with harvester ants. These ants have nests surrounded by conical loose sand structure. Harvester ants tend to favor flatter nests. The color of the larger ants in my photos approaches the redness of the harvesters, but the smaller ants appear black. Eyeballing these ants, all appear black. Are my photos misleading? Perhaps, I spend a lot of time fooling myself with a camera. Again, thanks for the help.

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