Friday, July 27th

So what do 696 ants look like?
Photo Jul 27, 2 16 04 PM.jpgLike this.
I believe these guys are Formica obscuripes. The Formica genus can be identified by the three very distinct ocelli on their foreheads and the short but prominent frontal carinae, the two dark lines extending upward from the bases of the antennae.
Photo Jul 27, 4 32 41 PM.jpgFor most of Friday I worked through my pitfall traps, with Katherine diligently sorting through hundreds of ants, grouping them by the most similar-looking.
Photo Jul 27, 2 16 13 PM.jpgWe also encountered a few questionable ants which may also be Formica obscuripes, but with highly inflated gasters.
Photo Jul 27, 4 33 21 PM.jpg
The progress is slow, but steady– by 5pm, we finished 12 of the 144 traps.

Aside from my life in antworld, the other members of Team Echinacea worked on their individual projects and completed a few smaller tasks including:
-GPSing the recruitment plots
-GPSing a few positions in the common garden
-Scanning data sheets for Amy
-Entering data from seedling searches

Overall, Friday was very productive for all of us and we look forward to more days like it this coming week.


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