Pogonomyrmex barbatus

    

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Rear view .of a Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker carrying seeds.
Rear view .of a Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker carrying seeds.
Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker blocking her nest entrance with stones. They often do this as they are entering an inactive period, perhaps to keep predators and parasites out of their nest.
Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker blocking her nest entrance with stones. They often do this as they are entering an inactive period, perhaps to keep predators and parasites out of their nest.
Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker.
Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker.
Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker carrying stones to the nest, blocking off the nest entrance.
Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker carrying stones to the nest, blocking off the nest entrance.
Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker.
Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker.
Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker carrying a pebble for blocking her nest entrance.
Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker carrying a pebble for blocking her nest entrance.
This sort of thing may be why P. barbatus blocks their nest entrances. A Pheidole obtusospinosa minor worker crawling over the shattered exoskeleton of a Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker.
This sort of thing may be why P. barbatus blocks their nest entrances. A Pheidole obtusospinosa minor worker crawling over the shattered exoskeleton of a Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker.
This sort of thing may be why P. barbatus blocks their nest entrances. A shattered Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker. I watched Pheidole obtusospinosa workers pouring into this nest, with the broken hulks of Pogonmyrmex barbatus workers twitching around their nest.
This sort of thing may be why P. barbatus blocks their nest entrances. A shattered Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker. I watched Pheidole obtusospinosa workers pouring into this nest, with the broken hulks of Pogonmyrmex barbatus workers twitching around their nest.
Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker.
Pogonomyrmex barbatus worker.