Found in a grassland biome. there were seed husks found all around the hole where the ants were coming out. there were roughly about 20 seen near the nest.
A large female ant of about 18-20mm
These ants were busily moving pupae and larvae on top of their mound. I don't know why. They are probably Formica obscuripes, but there are a couple other Formica species that I haven't ruled out. There is a video on Flickr if you want to see them in action: https://www.flickr.com/photos/gcchang/14518490997/
There were at least four separate swarms of these on our walk out to the sag pond
Found a whole colony of these inside a camera trap.
Carrying a moth. I think this is a Harvester Ant.
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...