Harvesting ant

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(Zool.) any species of ant which gathers and stores up seeds for food. Many species are known.

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The granivorous red harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex barbatus, selectively predates the mericarps of Salvia texana and in doing so influences the composition of grass and forb communities in the Edwards Plateau, Texas (Nicolai, 2005).
In the natural herbaceous environment, 15 ants 'species have been identified, with 340 ants, the most represented species it is the Harvester Ant Messor Barbara with 96 individuals (R.
Whitley takes the opportunity to tell us how each member of the colony has a specific role, and shows us how to hold a harvester ant in such a way that it can't possibly bite or sting.
Effects of a common harvester ant (Messor andrei) on richness and abundance of soil biota.
Several days before the experiment, we locate red harvester ant colonies and mark them with survey flags so that we can find them again rapidly.
Thus, semi-arid savannas may be noticeably modified near red harvester ant colonies due to differential responses of grass species to the interaction of ant granivory and nest construction.
Mechanisms of interference and foraging among colonies of the harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex californicus in the Mojave Desert.
Nests of harvester ant species are generally clear of plants at least in the central area surrounding the single nest entrance where ant activities are most intense (Beattie and Culver 1977; Lei 1999).
At the Harvester ant display, viewers will he able to discern the detailed division of labor within the colony: some worker ants husk, clean, and crack seeds, while others chew kernels into a soft pulp called "ant bread.