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Winged Messor andrei and an insect on a tiny rare plant.

John Rawlings told me that the Smithsonian Institution has collected Calistoga Navarretia (N. heterodoxa) at Jasper Ridge. Paul Heiple took some Smithsonian folks around, showing them where the plant grows, and looking for an insect that prefers the plant. (or needs the plant?) They did not find it. But when I was focussed on this plant, an insect landed there. It stayed for 20 minutes at least, posing for me, until I had had enough. Is this *the* insect?

Earlier, I saw many harvester ants (Messor andrei), swarming out of the nest, many with wings -- swarming to found new colonies.

An eventful day with a macro lens. Bird and landscape images taken on this birding day will soon be in "A Day at a Time".
Harvester Ant (Messor andrei) with BlossomHarvester Ant (Messor andrei) with BlossomHarvester Ant (Messor andrei) with SeedHarvester Ant (Messor andrei) with SeedHarvester Ant (Messor andrei) NestWinged Harvester Ants (Messor andrei) Leaving NestWinged Harvester Ants (Messor andrei) Leaving NestWinged Harvester Ants (Messor andrei) Leaving NestWinged Harvester Ants (Messor andrei) Leaving NestWinged Harvester Ants (Messor andrei) Leaving NestWinged Harvester Ants (Messor andrei) Leaving NestWinged Male with WorkerThree Ant FormsClimbing the PeakHarvester Ant (Messor andrei)Male AlatesHarvestingHarvester Ants (Messor andrei) with SeedHarvester Ants (Messor andrei) on LichenMessor andrei on Lichen (Detail)