Pogonomyrmex barbatus (Red Harvester Ant)

Myrmecocystus (honeypot ants) will often hang around a Pogonomyrmex nest. The Myrmecocystus will 'frisk' Pogonomyrmex workers returning to the nest. If the Pogonomyrmex is carrying a seed, the Myrmecocystus will let it pass. If the Pogo is carrying insect prey, though, the Myrmecocystus will steal it away. The Pogonomyrmex nest entrance is behind the Myrmecocystus in this photo.
Myrmecocystus (honeypot ants) will often hang around a Pogonomyrmex nest. The Myrmecocystus will 'frisk' Pogonomyrmex workers returning to the nest. If the Pogonomyrmex is carrying a seed, the Myrmecocystus will let it pass. If the Pogo is carrying insect prey, though, the Myrmecocystus will steal it away. The Pogonomyrmex nest entrance is behind the Myrmecocystus in this photo.