Male ants can look very different from the workers and queens! Here's one example from a weird looking, cryptic, springtail eating soil denizen around here. Strumigenys pergandei Ithaca, NY, USA.
Named after paper scorer and part time beetle collector Charles Liebeck, these rare & small snail eating Scaphinotus remind me a lot of Sphaeroderus. This appears to be the westernmost record, though the type locality is New Braunfels. Scaphinotus liebecki nr Vanderpool, TX, USA
I had a bit of a mucking-around-in-ditches phase last year, and found a neat crayfish endemic to the gulf coast from LA to east TX around Houston. Not much known about them, but I love how long their little claws get! Procambarus hinei Katy Prairie & Houston, TX, USA
@lovetheants @CorrieMoreau @chloe_jelley @Manu__Ramalho @coreyreese20 I draped the carcass of a cereal box over the flash, and I love it because it folds neatly into my backpack. Needs to be rebuilt/improved though, so ratty it's falling apart on me. Doesn't really work for larger things because of intense glare for some reason, but great for ants
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@americanbeetles Snodwiggs to this day still working countless sleepless nights to find the answer to this question
RT @FormicidaeAaron: Pheidole subarmata, an undocumented introduced ant that has recently started spreading in southeastern Florida. This i…
@lovetheants @laowa_lens Yup, my fave gritty workhorse! Pretty fast lens with good APO elements, so it works well for stars! The trick is mastering Deepskystacker and taking a lot of shortish exposures (5s for these, a little long so got a little blurry) and stacking them with noise reduction frames.
@joemacgown Thanks! Bit too noisy, but hoping switching to newer gear will help and I won't have to put in the hard honest work to refine my technique.
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@futurebird That'd be Acropyga! Looks pretty similar to these, but they don't appear to be closely related. Not sure where and when Lasius find their aphids.
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This entomopathogen causes a climbing response, like a millipede version of ant Cordyceps. First noticed over a century ago (1886), this fungus was only formally described in 2017 by scientists at Cornell! Rudiloria trimaculata (host), Arthrophaga myriapodina McLean, NY, USA.
@RepArrington The hundreds of wind turbines spinning on the TX high plains from sunset through twilight into the night, blinking red in somewhat-off synchrony as you blaze down the highway. It's a sight I treasure.
@RepArrington Oil is nice, but TX District 19 could become a world leader with wind. Already stunned by amt of turbines when I go, built by Republicans in the 90s. Don't throw away stable, or well paid green jobs for the dying petroleum cash cow, which is very susceptible to market swings.
@ChouvencL I remember I had some Reticulitermes workers chew - tiny hole through the bottom of my critter keeper. Never underestimate even the wimpiest termites!
One of the most common Camponotus of southern TX is a northern dark headed color form of the tropical C. atriceps. Very similar to C. floridanus in appearance and temperament, but seldom collected in comparison. Camponotus atriceps Arroyo City, TX, USA.
RIFA may be invasive, but fire ants have been forever for the southern states. Here's a native species that has been displaced from the southeast, but is still common in the arid west. Solenopsis xyloni 'Burbs of El Paso, TX, USA.