Amblyopone ants

The photos at the top are of male Stigmatomma (aka Amblyopone) ants were collected by Ozell Gilmore in Columbia California, 4 August 2016. The second set is from the Tuolumne City area.

Philip Ward‘s A synoptic review of the ants of California” says there are two species within California. To quote from that source: “Ants in the genus Amblyopone (=Stigmatomma) have cryptic foraging habits and are specialist predators on geophilomorph centipedes and other arthropods living in soil or rotten wood. Two species are known from California: A. oregonensis (Wheeler) is found in shaded, medium-elevation coniferous forests in northern California, while A. pallipes (Haldeman) is widespread in chaparral and low elevation woodland.”

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Male Amblyopone ant
Male Amblyopone ant.
Male Amblyopone ant
Male Amblyopone ant wing venation.
Male Amblyopone ant
Male Amblyopone ant
Male Amblyopone ant
Male Amblyopone ant wing venation
Male Amblyopone ant
Male Amblyopone ant
Male Amblyopone ant
Male Amblyopone ant
Male Amblyopone ant
Male Amblyopone ant showing ocelli.
Male Amblyopone ant
Male Amblyopone ant……….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


These were collected in Tuolumne City area:

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