Myrmecocystus mendax

A worker of Myrmecocystus mendax sits at the nest entrance deciding her job.

Masterful Catch

A spider attempts to wrap it's hymenopteran prey for later.

Myrmica med

Contrasted with the reddish soil at Garden of the the Gods. The body colors of the hydrophilic Lasius coloradensis clash quite nicely.

Formica sp.

Formica worker from Garden of the Gods.

Cellar Spider

A Cellar Spider (Pholcidae) carries it's egg sack around to protect it from predators

Lasius cf. claviger

Some acanthomyops lasius queens, sport alien-like features including massive legs which aid them in killing the queen of their host colony which they parasitize. Lasius cf. claviger

Pogonomyrmex rugosus

A rough harvester ant worker (Pogonomyrmex rugosus) moves plant debris away from the nest.

Myrmica sp

Myrmica cf. hamulata moves pupae further into the nest

Pogonomyrmex rugosus

A rough harvester ant worker (Pogonomyrmex rugosus) moves a thorn away from the nest

Pogonomyrmex rugosus

A rough harvester ant worker (Pogonomyrmex rugosus) guards the nest.

Pogonomyrmex californicus

A california harvester ant worker (Pogonomyrmex californicus) forages outside nest.

Lizard

A western fence lizard rests on some soil.

Tahoe water falls

In California's Desolate Wilderness, near Emerald Bay, there are many hikes sporting waterfalls, this is one of them.

A weevil found in an acorn.

Myrmica cf. tahoensis

A species named after the lake where it was originally discovered, this Myrmica tahoensis worker was found just a few minutes away from the lake!

grapevine beetle

A grapevine beetle (Pelidnota punctata) peeks out from the top of a stick.

Acorn weevil

A smaller weevil found in an acorn.

Tapinoma cf. schreiberi

Although not confirmed these cowl workers seem to be Tapinoma cf. schreiberi, although data defining the two species is sparse, so it's possible they are tapinoma sessile.

A colorful Porcellionides pruinosus, or 'powder,' isopod. This one doesn't have any powder though, and you can see the difference in color throughout the carapace.

Face off

Two female rainbow stag beetles 'size each other up'

Reticulitermes hesperus

Western subterranean termites, or Reticulitermes hesperus, defend the nest.

Monomorium ergatogyna

a different species from the common M. minimum, M. ergato

Scorpion

California forest scorpion found in Nevada.

Formica sp.

Tetramorium immigrans

The immigrant pavement ant (T. immigrans) is very common in Colorado, with individuals appearing in almost every residential area in the state besides a few incredibly high up towns.

Taking Out the Trash

A Myrmecocystus cf. mimicus [honeypot ant] worker discards a scarab beetle.

Odontomachus Ruginodis

This is a species of odontomachus native to the bahamas, It is found commonly in the florida keys, I did a bit of research on them in september. They may actually be unique in the sense that they could be polygynous as a colony I collected functioned with three queens.

Solenopsis sp.

This Solenopsis could be a new species, but It could also be a endemic variant of Solenopsis molesta or carolinensis.

Tetramorium Immigrans

This image shows the hairy larvae of T. immigrans. Or the immigrant pavement ant

Carebara longii

Carebara longii is one of the rarest ants in the US! Only found in Texas and Oklahoma it is also the only species of Carebara native to the US. This species was collected in austin. The ant was reflected off of a chrome book and I used a 50-250mm zoom lense in a 12+20+36mm extension tubes

Phidippus cf. regius

This is probably a Phidippus regius jumping spider.

Two male rainbow stag (P. muelleri) beetles jousting for the right to mate.

Tagged Idea leuconoe butterfly rests on a branch. The tag is slightly visible through the wing.

A rainbow stag beetle (Phalacrognathus muelleri) reflecting its various colors. This is a red variant male.

A butterfly dries its wings in a captive butterfly house. Some butterfly houses can provide important insights on pollinator research and contribute to collections around the world.

This Is a female green variant of the Austrailian rainbow stag beetle (P. muelleri). In my opinion she looks like she is dabbing

A flower of a blooming plant.