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Old 01-23-2012, 12:47 PM   #11
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The ants come marching
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One
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by one
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Hurrah......hurrah
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and down into their nest they go....
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Ooo Where were these taken?
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Old 01-23-2012, 02:53 PM   #13
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Oooooo I received an Oooooo from Mr Ants...I like that!

They were found along a mountainside in Arizona just as you come out of the Western Saguaro national forest. We excited the the park Via picture rocks road to the East. They were located on the left side of Picture rocks road just prior to the bend and before traveling through the pass....to be exact.
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We never did find the Petroglyphs we were in search of but we DID find a nice little cave. Perhaps at one time they were in there....
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Here's a map of the area....I put a red square on the area we had found the ants.
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I think these are Acromyrmex versicolor. They're a fungus growing species founds in the south west.
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I was surprised to see so many leaves NOT brought into the nest...Why's that?
Do the haulers set them there for, another kind to haul them in????
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I was surprised to see so many leaves NOT brought into the nest...Why's that?
Do the haulers set them there for, another kind to haul them in????
Good question.
I posed it to some experts that I know and they couldn't give me a definitive answer. One thought was it might be scent marking, the way some seed harvesting ants of the region do with seed husks by their nests, however this was only a guess. They pointed me in the direction of an expert who studies them down there locally and I've passed the question along to him. So far there's no response but I'll post it here if there is one.
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Good question.
I posed it to some experts that I know and they couldn't give me a definitive answer. One thought was it might be scent marking, the way some seed harvesting ants of the region do with seed husks by their nests, however this was only a guess. They pointed me in the direction of an expert who studies them down there locally and I've passed the question along to him. So far there's no response but I'll post it here if there is one.
Is it at all possible that leaves from certain plants could serve a purpose other than fungal growth? Perhaps they might contain a substance such as a volatile oil that could have a protective/deterrent function?
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Old 01-26-2012, 09:01 AM   #18
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Thanks Mr.
Serving as a protective/deterrent by a scent or feel could very well possibly be.....
The leaves had the look a of a Purslane but I know those are definitely edible.
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Last year I installed a meadow garden with plugs from Prairie Moon and Prairie Nursery. This is the following year's result (spring 2012). I also talk about the fruits I grow, and native plants of interest. Almost nothing is flowering right; I'll be posting back with update videos throughout the year.
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Quite the variety!
I'm looking forward to seeing how they mature as the season progresses.
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