|scientific name Pogonomyrmex occidentalis |
common name Western Harvester Ant
Prefer dry prairie and badlands. In Alberta are found in the prairie region.
Found from May till September.
Workers that are ~6.3-8.0 mm in length that are a dull red-orange color (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). Body is heavily rugose and the psammophore is present. The petiole has a large anterior peduncle and the node is sharply conical (Fisher and Cover, 2007, and Trager et al., 1998).
Form large conical nests on the surface made up of thousands of workers (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963). Nuptial flights take place in late July and males and females usually congregate on nearby hills where mating takes place on the ground (Cole and Weirnasz. 2000). Females can live for up to ten years and mate several times before founding a colony (Cole and Weirnasz, 2000).
Not of concern.
Primarily harvest seeds to eat, but also take insects.
Found throughout the midwest of North America in dry grassland and badland areas. Alberta is the most northerly part of its range.
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