Highly cropped photos
4mm long host to Myrmecophilus sp. cricket.
swarm of little tiny ants on the sidewalk at Big Brook Park.
5mm long harvesting honeydew from Membracidae nymphs on Oak tree.
Ant carrying purple threeawn (Aristida purpurea) seed
Ant carrying buffelgrass (Pennisetum ciliare) seedling
Lyons Valley, California
Keyed out, via Tritia Matsuda.
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...