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Old 07-10-2009, 09:53 PM   #1
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ant There were very little ants going down the hole

The river was high. I thought I saw little tiny sand colored ants going down the hole. What do you think would risk being this close to the river?
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Usually ants don't nest in areas with poor drainage. At least not in the soil. It's not healthy for larva to get wet. I haven't herd of any type of ant able to nest in such a muddy area.
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I've never seen them nesting in wet areas but I was pretty sure I saw little ants going in and out of the holes. I sat and watched for a while hoping to get a photo of an ant going down a hole to enlarge for you. Not one of the photos I took had an ant in it. I'm wondering if there wasn't a food source down the holes.
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I agree that this would be a very unlikely place to find an ant colony of any kind, and also, I cannot recall ever seeing ants actively foraging in such a manner (but even after some 60 years of 'bug watching,' I must admit there's an awful lot I haven't seen yet). There are several species of small beetles and true bugs that might occur in such a locale; I hope that you will be able to get a photo that will solve this 'mystery.'
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I don't think there's an ant colony there. Don't know what's going on other than food wars between two species possibly> I can't get another photo any time soon since I'm back in Illinois but havalotta might be able to get one. That photo was taken on one of her properties.
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I thought that looked familiar. I know every inch of my shoreline.
Sure I'll look for you next time up but it will be a while............and get some photos too if I see any activity going on there.
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Oooooops I had put this into the insect contest area thinking you had posted about them there.
They do move a lot like an ant. Here is your ant imposter.
There were very little ants going down the hole-dscf3521-hemipteraheteroptera-saldidae.jpg
They are HemipteraHeteroptera Saldidae a shore scavenger.
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When I enlarge your photo... that doesn't even look close to being an ant but it is sand colored so I'll give myself credit for that. That little bugger is blending in good with the sand. Thanks a million for getting that photo. I thought I saw something that looked like an ant. Did you catch them hauling anything down into or out of those holes? I know I saw them going down the holes and the emerging again.
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They go in and out and even swim on top of the water when you go too near them.
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Suuntos reply...............

This appears to be a shore bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Saldidae), but it doesn't match any of those on the bugguide site - you might send the image to them at ID Request - BugGuide.Net to see what they say. Shore bugs are found near the edges of streams, ponds, etc. where they usually prey upon other small arthropods; some may scavenge on things already dead as well.
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