Joshua Tree Road Trip 2015 Part 2
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Keys View January 2015: Honeypot Ant Nest (Myrmecocystus mexicanus)

Ant nest photograped at Keys View, Joshua Tree National Park in January 2015. No ants were present, probably because they were deep underground. This area was still very cold on 1 February 2015 at 5,000 ft. elevation. The crater did not have seedless husks typical of harvester ants of the genera Messor & Pogonomyrmex which are common in this national park.

Keys View May 2015: Honeypot Ant Nest (Myrmecocystus mexicanus)

Myrmecocystus mexicanus workers at nest entrance.

Myrmecocystus mexicanus workers enjoying a Werthers butterscotch hard candy at their nest entrance. The ants and Werthers candy were approximately the same color.

  Myrmecocystus mexicanus in Holbrook, Arizona  

Wild Onion (Allium parishii) At Keys View