Answer to the Monday Mystery


The return of the Monday Mystery from hiatus was met with swift, correct answers:

1. The species was Liometopum occidentale, the velvety tree ant.
2. According to Ward et al 2010, the sister lineage to Liometopum  is AptinomaTapinoma.
3. California’s Mediterranean climate means wet winters and hot, dry summers. By August, California’s lowlands and foothills are parched, and most above-ground ant activity has ceased. Thus, in typical years you’d be less likely to see ants in August than in February.

So. 8 points to Boud, and 2 consolation points to Ted MacRae, for contributing his… um, insightful revision of North American ants.

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