Myrmecos

Stories of Ants

I’m busy today with lab work.  But if you need an ant blog fix, let me point you in the direction of “Historias de Hormigas” (“Stories of Ants”).  It’s a Spanish blog by José María Gómez Durán, and the current entry is an amazing series of action shots documenting an ant-hunting Crabronid wasp.

Comments

  1. #1 Kai
    October 28, 2009

    I’ve heard of Braconid wasps but /never/ of Crabonids!

    ~Kai

  2. #2 myrmecos
    October 28, 2009

    Crabronidae = most of the former Sphecidae

    (Sphecidae in the old sense is paraphyletic wrt bees…)

  3. #3 James C. Trager
    October 29, 2009

    Amazing! Of all the ants on which to prey, the foul-tasting Tapinoma — Ptooey!

    Reminds me of another underutilized host or prey resource for a hymenopteran I learned about recently, Braconidae: Elasmosoma on Formica. http://bugguide.net/node/view/280158

    And isn’t there a group that uses Pogonomyrmex, also?

  4. #4 José María Gómez Durán
    October 29, 2009

    Not far from Tracheliodes I saw this insect hovering over a line of Lasius sp on a wall. It could stay completely still in the air for several minutes, at a distance less than 1 cm from the ants:

    http://picasaweb.google.es/josemarygd/ZoologyAlbum#5398104725677141538

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