A nest opening with a cigarette bud
Active nest in a foggy morning
Prior to a TMN meeting about the Milano Junction Monarch Waystation implementation, a long-legged ant was observed on the porch carting off a fruit of the shrub planted at door to the fellowship hall (2nd photo). I figured out the non-native shrub ID back then but have since forgotten.
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...