© Peter J. Bryant
Harvester Ant

Pogonomyrmex californicus subnitidus

Hymenoptera: Formicidae

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Laguna Wilderness Park, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California. 2/8/08.
© Peter J. Bryant

Laguna Wilderness Park, Laguna Beach, Orange County, California. 2/8/08. © Peter J. Bryant

Sitton Peak trail, Elsinore, Riverside County, CA. 05/27/06. © Peter J. Bryant

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07. © Peter J. Bryant

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07
Hauling Rocks (using jaws AND beard).....

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

Mountain Palm Springs Canyon, Anza Borrego, San Diego County, CA. 2/25/07

James Dilley Preserve, Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA. 05/10/08. © Peter J. Bryant

James Dilley Preserve, Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA. 05/10/08. © Peter J. Bryant

James Dilley Preserve, Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA. 05/10/08. © Peter J. Bryant

James Dilley Preserve, Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA. 05/10/08. © Peter J. Bryant

James Dilley Preserve, Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA. 05/03/08. © Peter J. Bryant

James Dilley Preserve, Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA. 05/03/08. © Peter J. Bryant

James Dilley Preserve, Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA. 05/03/08. © Peter J. Bryant

James Dilley Preserve, Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA. 05/03/08. © Peter J. Bryant

James Dilley Preserve, Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA. 05/03/08. © Peter J. Bryant

James Dilley Preserve, Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA. 05/03/08. © Peter J. Bryant

Casper's Wilderness Park 3/28/09. © Nick Richter

Thomas E. Riley Wilderness Park, Coto de Caza, Orange County, CA. 2-13-10. © Ron Hemberger

Winged female and wingless worker.
James Dilley Preserve, Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA. 06/06/08. © Peter J. Bryant

Winged females (red) and winged males (black).
James Dilley Preserve, Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA. 06/06/08. © Peter J. Bryant

Winged males (black)and workers (red).
James Dilley Preserve, Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA. 06/06/08. © Peter J. Bryant

"[Female workers (red) are] hauling a male. It is not unusual for them to drag the
sexuals back into the the nest for whatever reason. Although handling him gently
now, the day will come when he is a drain on resources and he will be executed
if still around." ...Gordon C. Snelling

Thomas E. Riley Wilderness Park, Coto de Caza, Orange County, CA. 6-25-09. © Ron Hemberger 


Worker hauling a male. Thomas E. Riley Wilderness Park, Coto de Caza,
Orange County, CA. 6-25-09. © Ron Hemberger 

Worker hauling a male. Thomas E. Riley Wilderness Park, Coto de Caza,
Orange County, CA. 6-25-09. © Ron Hemberger 

Caspers Wilderness Park, San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, CA. 6-14-10. © Ron Hemberger

Caspers Wilderness Park, San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, CA. 6-14-10. © Ron Hemberger

Caspers Wilderness Park, San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, CA. 6-14-10. © Ron Hemberger

Caspers Wilderness Park, San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, CA. 6-14-10. © Ron Hemberger

Caspers Wilderness Park, San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, CA. 6-14-10. © Ron Hemberger

Caspers Wilderness Park, San Juan Capistrano, Orange County, CA. 6-14-10. © Ron Hemberger