Bullet ants on Heliconia(?) flowers
I was splitting some wood for my folks and opened up a nest of these carpenter ants... Sorry, ants...
Red head and thorax. Black abdomen.
Hard to step away from these mesmerizing mounds...
Locality: NEW ZEALAND AK, suburb of Saint Johns, University of Auckland Tamaki Campus (East)
Habitat: As always, consistently present in the same spot, on ground just outside building 733, nesting between brick paving.
Identification: Cardiocondyla minutior Forel, 1899. Worker.
Cephalotes sp. Sitio arqueológico Uxmal, Yucatán, México.
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...