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Pogonomyrmex ?? - Pogonomyrmex - female

Pogonomyrmex ?? - Pogonomyrmex - Female
Aromas, San Benito County, California, USA
October 24, 2007
Size: ~6mm.
Saw this large ant all alone, with a damaged antenna, on our driveway. (live oak/chaparral habitat). I'm guessing it is a Pogonomyrmex of some kind.

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Pogonomyrmex ?? - Pogonomyrmex - female Pogonomyrmex ?? - Pogonomyrmex

Correct
A dealated female of Pogonomyrmex, i.e. a potential foundress. Swarmings must have took place some days ago. Example of a wholly red species, unlike P. rugosus.

 
That is very cool. Is the ant
That is very cool. Is the antenna damage likely the result of a fight?

 
This is quite likely
The result of a fight, either with workers of an established colony (which treat the young dealated queens as preys, even though they come from their own nest), or with other foundress(es) competing for the same hole.

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