Anting in Coastal North Carolina

Aphaenogaster carolinensis

Myrmecos was extra slow last week. For that, I apologize.

My absence was for a good cause, though. We were in North Carolina for a simply lovely wedding on the beach. As a number of myrmecologists were in attendance, we mounted ant-hunting expeditions to the neighboring coastal forests. Below are photographs from the field:

Benoit Guenard (left) and Eli Sarnat aspirate Aphaenogaster from a decaying log. I don't often photograph with a wide angle lens, but this scene I couldn't resist.

Dorymyrmex bureni, a common ground-nesting ant.
Bonnie Blaimer collects Crematogaster for a phylogenetic study.
Solenopsis picta inhabits dead twigs.
Eli admires ants.
A drop of honey brings out an otherwise timid Camponotus snellingi.
Jo-anne Holley and Bonnie Blaimer dissect a tree branch.
Not an ant! (Sarinda sp. jumping spider ant mimic)

10 thoughts on “Anting in Coastal North Carolina”

  1. Hi Alex,

    Those are great shots! It was a lot of fun to hang out with you guys. I hope you had a great time. See you next time, maybe in Illinois…

  2. I am so envious! Anting with anting friends and beautiful pictures: wow.

    Glad you captioned the last. When I scrolled down I was expecting an ant but took a step back before I saw it was a jumper. For a split second I thought it was a most peculiar ant. Your caption reassures me that while I may not always know which ant for many of your photos, I do know the difference between Formicidae and Saltcidae.

  3. So what else did you get? Bet you got more than Dorymyrmex bureni, aphaenogaster carolinensis, Solenopsis picta, Camponotus snellingi, and an unarmed Crematogaster!

    1. I got chiggers and several ticks. Do those count?

      (Also, that unnamed Forelius sp., Camponotus chromaiodes, C. nearcticus, C. castaneus, a Colobopsis that I’ve not keyed yet, Temnothorax pergandei, T. curvispinosus, Trachymyrmex, the usual common Formica & Lasius spp., Pyramica, Ponera, and Pachycondyla chinensis. I’m sure I’m forgetting some…)

  4. James C. Trager

    “the usual common Formica & Lasius spp.”
    Now that was a cop-out, eh Stef? We want names!

    Your trip sounds absolutely delightful. A nice wedding and a coagulation of ant nuts = FUN!

    1. Finding like-minded bug enthusiasts is much easier in colleges & universities. At institutions with entomology departments, students often organize weekend collecting trips.

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