Pheidole xerophilla

  

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Pheidole xerophila major carrying a piece of debris. The minors seem to do most of the foraging outside of the nest, while the majors seem to carry the larger objects that are not necessarily seeds.
Pheidole xerophila major carrying a piece of debris. The minors seem to do most of the foraging outside of the nest, while the majors seem to carry the larger objects that are not necessarily seeds.
Pheidole xerophila major worker, with a minor worker. I'm really not sure what they were doing, the minor seemed to be gently biting at the major..
Pheidole xerophila major worker, with a minor worker. I'm really not sure what they were doing, the minor seemed to be gently biting at the major..
Another view of Pheidole xerophila winged male, with minor workers in foreground.
Another view of Pheidole xerophila winged male, with minor workers in foreground.
Even though Pheidole xerophila spends most of their time gathering seeds, they love to eat termites when they get a chance. Here minors are carrying a termite that the major dragged up out of the crack in the clay. I'm guessing that the clay cracking opened up a termite gallery.
Even though Pheidole xerophila spends most of their time gathering seeds, they love to eat termites when they get a chance. Here minors are carrying a termite that the major dragged up out of the crack in the clay. I'm guessing that the clay cracking opened up a termite gallery.
Closeup of Pheidole xerophila minor worker biting termite carcass.
Closeup of Pheidole xerophila minor worker biting termite carcass.
This Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant) seemed to know that the Pheidole xerophila were getting termites. She kept trying to get into along with the P. xerophila. Eventually, she was successful in stealing a termite carcass away from the P. xerophila minors.
This Myrmecocystus mimicus (Honeypot Ant) seemed to know that the Pheidole xerophila were getting termites. She kept trying to get into along with the P. xerophila. Eventually, she was successful in stealing a termite carcass away from the P. xerophila minors.
Here a Crematogaster smithii (right side of photo) defends a termite carcass from a Pheidole xerophila minor. I didn't see the C. smithii. acquire the termite, but I'm guessing that she was able to drive off the P. xerophila minors that had it originally.
Here a Crematogaster smithii (right side of photo) defends a termite carcass from a Pheidole xerophila minor. I didn't see the C. smithii. acquire the termite, but I'm guessing that she was able to drive off the P. xerophila minors that had it originally.