Visitors 73
Modified 4-Jul-10
Created 3-Jul-10
26 photos

Taking a "break" from the Ant ID day at Jasper Ridge, I sat beneath a spreading Valley Oak near the Visitors' Parking Lot. Soon I was drawn into another world... Here are images of the world of the Prenolepis or Winter Ant, tending Aphids on a Thistle beneath a Valley Oak. Also, other ants, a Woodrat nest, and more. And yes, the main image for this gallery is a Carpenter Ant, Camponotus, not a Prenolepis, and not on a Thistle... [I include two images from two days earlier, including Mimulus Blossom in the Lab.]
Valley Oak (Quercus lobata)Under the Valley OakThistle Flower (Detail)Winter Ant (Prenolepis imparis) on ThistleInsects on ThistleWinter Ant (Prenolepis imparis) Works on ThistleWinter Ant (Prenolepis imparis) Works on ThistleFly on ThistleAnother Fly on ThistleAnother World: Aphids on ThistlePrenolepis Ant Tends Aphids on ThistleAphids on ThistleAphids on Star ThistleAphids on ThistleAphids on ThistlePrenolepis Ant Tends Aphids on ThistlePrenolepis Ant Tends Aphids on ThistlePrenolepis Ant Tends Aphids on ThistleCarpenter Ant (Camponotus ssp.)Carpenter Ant (Camponotus ssp.)