Aphaenogaster albisetosa


  

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Aphaenogaster albisetosa worker collecting nectar from a barrel cactus extrafloral nectary.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa worker collecting nectar from a barrel cactus extrafloral nectary.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa worker, head on view.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa worker, head on view.
Typical Aphaenogaster albisetosa nest. They are often next to rocks, as in this picture. The nests also will often have several entrances within a 10-15 foot radius.
Typical Aphaenogaster albisetosa nest. They are often next to rocks, as in this picture. The nests also will often have several entrances within a 10-15 foot radius.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa worker held in my fingers for scale. Most species in the genus Aphaenogaster are much smaller, with Aphaenogaster cockerelli and A. albisetosa being the larger.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa worker held in my fingers for scale. Most species in the genus Aphaenogaster are much smaller, with Aphaenogaster cockerelli and A. albisetosa being the larger.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa workers. The ant on the lower right is carrying the ant on the left . It is pretty common to see them carrying eachother around in this manner.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa workers. The ant on the lower right is carrying the ant on the left . It is pretty common to see them carrying eachother around in this manner.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa worker, side view.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa worker, side view.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa worker from the front.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa worker from the front.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa worker eating the sweet lining from a mesquite bean pod.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa worker eating the sweet lining from a mesquite bean pod.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa worker (bottom) defending her nest from much smaller Forelius pruinosus workers (top). The Forelius workers are harassing the Aphaenogaster workers, trying to keep them confined to the nest.
Aphaenogaster albisetosa worker (bottom) defending her nest from much smaller Forelius pruinosus workers (top). The Forelius workers are harassing the Aphaenogaster workers, trying to keep them confined to the nest.