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Bigheaded Ant - Pheidole megacephala - Pogonomyrmex badius

Bigheaded Ant - Pheidole megacephala - Pogonomyrmex badius
Lake Wales, Polk County, Florida, USA
June 25, 2006
Size: 7 mm
These ants were numerous along a sandy trail with many tiger beetles nearby. I suppose the beetles were eating them, but I never saw this.

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Bigheaded Ant - Pheidole megacephala - Pogonomyrmex badius Bigheaded Ant - Pheidole megacephala - Pogonomyrmex badius

Are you
sure this is not Pogonomyrmex badius? habitat and size sure reminds me of the Florida harvester ant.

 
You are right!
Thanks for the correction. I was using the UF Dept. of Ent. and Nem. SP # 119 publication with 10 different FL ant species with description and photos. The big headed ant photo on it looks like this except for the jaws. After viewing other photos in bugguide, I can see you are exactly right on. Moved photo to page.

 
Mandible characteristics, red
Mandible characteristics, red color, and the fact that this ant is about three to four times the size in every dimension, are all good indications that it is not any of the kinds of Pheidole that live in Florida.
Note: Myrmecologists prefer not to put a pin through an ant. They point-mount them.