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Ant - Myrmecocystus

Ant - Myrmecocystus
Anza Borrego State Park, San Diego County, California, USA
February 4, 2008

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Moved from Honeypot Ants.

Homeypot Ant (Myrmecocystus sp.) - worker
Most likely Myrmecocystus semirufus, but a confirmation by an expert is needed. Thank you for sharing suck excellent pics of these intriguing desert ants.

Well, are the images great, or do they "suck?" LOL! You can tell the subjects are "Homey pot" ants by all the bling they are sporting and the rap music they play in the 'hood (I mean, nest:-) Sorry, couldn't resist! Made my day.

OOPS! You're welcome...
And you don't need to apologize for not having resisted: I AM the culprit with my random way of typing. Two mistakes in only one comment, that's a bit too much, I admit.
The good news is that at least some people with a good sense of humor can "make their day" with that :-). I could pretend I did these jokes purposedly, but nobody would believe me, so I don't even try. I just hope every reader understands I meant, of course, "HoNeypot Ant".

We owe you so much for sharing your expertise here, Richard; and I'm glad to know you, too, have a good sense of humor:-)

I agree they are very nice ph
I agree they are very nice photographs. M. semirufus is a possibility although I know of only one record of this species from that neck of the woods.. Another possibility is M. mendax.

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