Tag Archives: Formica exsectoides

An Ant Tending Treehoppers

I found this ant, Formica exsectoides, tending some adults of the treehopper Entylia carinata on the underside of a giant ragweed leaf. These are very common normally but I haven’t noticed them so much this year. Advertisements

Posted in ants, insects | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in ants, formica exsectoides, giant ragweed, plants | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in ants, formica exsectoides | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in ants, formica exsectoides | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

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

Posted in ants, formica exsectoides | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in ants, formica exsectoides | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in ants, formica exsectoides | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Debris

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

Posted in ants, formica exsectoides | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Photos From the Ant Mound

When I photographed the visitors to the ant mound, I thought I would see some creatures that are dependant upon the ants to live–parasites, commensals, or symbiotic organisms.  But how do you determing that?  I’m not sure I saw much … Continue reading

Posted in ants, formica exsectoides, insects, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

An Ant Mound Through the Year

This summer I spent a lot of time photographing some ants and their visitors around the nest of Allgeheny mound building ants, Formica exsectoides.  A lot about the ant is still a mystery to me, but I did learn a few … Continue reading

Posted in ants, formica exsectoides | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment