All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Red Harvester Ant</strong>
<em>Pogonomyrmex</em> spp.
White Sands NM
Oct. 1, 2008

Kenny and I enjoyed watching the Harvester Ants carrying leaves or insect parts into their nest and seeing how they remove large (for them anyway!) pebbles ...
Red Harvester Ant
Pogonomyrmex spp.
White Sands NM
Oct. 1, 2008

Kenny and I enjoyed watching the Harvester Ants carrying leaves or insect parts into their nest and seeing how they remove large (for them anyway!) pebbles from inside the nest with their mandibles. Can you imagine carrying a boulder half-mile or so with your teeth?! Some ants would clear a large circle around their nest, no grass or plants were allowed to grow. See following photo...

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