Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, suburb of Saint Johns, University of Auckland Tamaki Campus (East)
Habitat: Dietes grandiflora. Dense bed of cultivated plants outside building 733. Beating. A nest of ants. Mainly minor workers.
Identification: Pheidole rugosula Forel, 1902. Minor worker.
Cleaning up a dead moth.
These ants were emerging from their hole with wings getting ready for their mating flight. There was no sign of them one hour later. Found on the trail just before the un-natural trail. Although this is an area with many Harvester ants nest they look like carpenter ants.
Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, suburb of Saint Johns, St Johns Bush
Habitat: Native bush remnant. In moss at side of track. A few ants observed.
Identification: Heteroponera brouni (Forel, 1892)
Ants are social insects of the family Formicidae /fɔrˈmɪsɨdiː/ and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 out of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified. They are easily identified by their elbowed antennae and a distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender...