Category Archives: formica exsectoides

This Might be a Little More Difficult

In 2010 I spent some time taking photos of Formica exsectoides ants on the outside of their mound. With the boroscope, I might be able to take photos of the ants inside their nest. Assuming they let me…

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Ants and Treehoppers

I ran across some clusters of treehoppers and ants on giant ragweed yesterday and today. Here the ant is the Allegheny mound ant, Formica exsectoides.  The treehoppers are nymphs, but I think they are Publilia concava.  The ants and treehoppers … Continue reading

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Ants and Butterflies

I checked out the plant that had the aphids and ants on it again tonight.  It seemed to me that there were fewer ants and especially fewer aphids than yesterday.  Why?  Or was it just my imagination–I did not count … Continue reading

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Ants and Aphids

Yesterday I came across some ants tending aphids. I am pretty sure the ant is Formica exsectoides,  the Allegheny mound ant.  I don’t know the aphid–I am pretty sure microscopic examination would be required to identify it. There is a … Continue reading

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The Ants are Back

I looked at the nest of Formica exsectoides in our back yard yesterday.  The ants are moving, slowly bringing debris out the entrance to the top of the nest. I hope to have a different photographic obsession this year.  I … Continue reading

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The Evil Springtail

During the spring and summer of 2010 I spent several days watching and photographing ants and visitors on a nest of the Allegheny mound-building ant.  On June second I saw what I thought was the most remarkable event I have witnessed on … Continue reading

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Nature at its Ugliest

Nature is not always beautiful or cute.  Sometimes it is cruel and ugly.  On July 14, 2010, while I was watching the mound of Formica exsectoides, I saw a very small form crawling up and down a blade of grass … Continue reading

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Just Passing Through

One day while I was watching the top of a mound of Formica exsectoides I saw a dark object rapidly moving across the mound, apparently carefully avoiding any ants or other creatures that could be found there.  I snapped a … Continue reading

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A Pretty Good Ant Mimic

While photographing the mound of the Allegheny mound ant I noticed what I thought was a black ant crawling on the grass that grows on the mound.  It was moving fairly rapidly, but I was able to get a few … Continue reading

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Debris

In April a cluster of debris could be seen on the outside of the mound, presumably brought up from inside.

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