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What

Net-winged Beetles (Family Lycidae)

Observer

chziemke

Date

July 11, 2022 01:20 PM AST

Description

collected from leaf litter via Winkler extractor

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What

Thread-legged Bugs (Subfamily Emesinae)

Observer

roberttunison

Date

November 7, 2018 02:34 PM AST

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What

Pyramid Ants (Genus Dorymyrmex)

Observer

davidemartin

Date

September 18, 2020 07:07 AM MDT

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What

Crazy Ants (Genus Nylanderia)

Observer

blazeclaw

Date

April 7, 2020 01:44 PM MDT

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What

Ant-mimic Spiders (Genus Myrmarachne)

Observer

chziemke

Date

May 10, 2019 12:43 AM MDT

Description

Third photo shows nearby Camponotus on the same plant, the probable mimicry model for this spider. Note gold hairs on the body, especially the abdomen of both spider and ant.

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What

Dwarf Dandelions (Genus Krigia)

Observer

chziemke

Date

April 2022

Description

in sandy soil, open pine savanna

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Observer

ephofmann

Date

July 2021

Description

"Leg waving" in third photo is a result of camera auto-focus stacking.

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What

Lappet Moths (Family Lasiocampidae)

Observer

tiwongegawa

Date

December 15, 2020 05:42 AM SAST

Description

Malosa mt

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What

Lappet Moths (Family Lasiocampidae)

Observer

stefaneakame

Date

January 4, 2021 11:57 AM SAST

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Observer

chziemke

Date

June 7, 2018 09:15 AM MDT

Description

cf.

fungus-killed grasshoppers were common in wetter months in black cotton soil whistling thorn acacia savannas at Mpala

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What

Large Hive Beetle (Oplostomus fuligineus)

Observer

lemoncul

Date

March 6, 2022 03:21 AM SAST

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Observer

chziemke

Date

March 2017

Place

Missing Location

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Observer

chziemke

Date

April 30, 2019 05:02 AM MDT

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Observer

chziemke

Date

September 22, 2021 06:17 PM MDT

Description

Galls of oak gall wasps in nest of Aphaenogaster ants. Underneath large oak

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What

Whistling Thorn (Vachellia drepanolobium)

Observer

geichhorn

Date

February 10, 2009 06:41 AM MST

Place

Tanzania (Google, OSM)

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What

Whistling Thorn (Vachellia drepanolobium)

Observer

geichhorn

Date

February 8, 2009 12:35 AM MST

Place

Mau, Kenya (Google, OSM)

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Observer

chziemke

Date

March 25, 2019 11:33 PM MDT

Description

showing dark color variant of C. mimosae, with darkened head and mesosoma. Typically the head and mesosoma are bright red.

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Observer

chziemke

Date

June 20, 2019 02:08 AM MDT

Description

Myrmecophile on Vachellia drepanolobium tree occupied by Crematogaster ants.

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Observer

chziemke

Date

May 30, 2018 11:12 AM MDT

Description

on Vachellia (Acacia) drepanolobium

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Observer

chziemke

Date

July 18, 2019 02:06 AM MDT

Description

on Plicosepalus (probable hostplant), a haustorial hemiparasite on Senegalia mellifera

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Observer

chziemke

Date

June 10, 2019 01:38 AM MDT

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Observer

chziemke

Date

May 10, 2019 12:21 AM MDT

Description

probably a mimic of locally-abundant carpenter ant (Camponotus flavomarginatus)

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What

Butterflies and Moths (Order Lepidoptera)

Observer

chziemke

Date

March 26, 2019 01:38 AM MDT

Description

separate post made for ant. Found in ant domatium of Vachellia drepanolobium.

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What

Trailing, Pharaoh, and Timid Ants (Genus Monomorium)

Observer

chziemke

Date

March 26, 2019 01:37 AM MDT

Description

Inquiline ants found in domatium of Vachellia drepanolobium. See separate post for caterpillar.

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Observer

chziemke

Date

March 26, 2019 12:19 AM MDT

Description

C. nigriceps showing a lighter color variant, with red mesosoma. Typically the mesosoma is black (like the head) and the abdomen is the only red-colored section of the body

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Observer

chziemke

Date

March 28, 2019 11:16 PM MDT

Description

showing a lighter coloration for C. mimosae. Coloration of the head and mesosoma are typical, but the abdomen is much lighter than the typical black. Could be the result of recent eclosion, but multiple workers showed this color pattern

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Observer

chziemke

Date

March 28, 2019 11:22 PM MDT

Description

showing a lighter color variant for C. mimosae. Coloration of the head and mesosoma are typical, but the abdomen is much lighter than the typical black. Could be the result of recent eclosion, but multiple workers showed this color pattern

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Observer

chziemke

Date

January 30, 2019 06:01 AM MST

Description

These queens are not from the same colony, but are independent foundresses from domatia of sapling Vachellia drepanolobium trees, placed together here for a photo. They are defending the pupae of parasitoid wasps which ate their respective broods.

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Observer

chziemke

Date

January 30, 2019 06:33 AM MST

Description

Contents of Vachellia drepanolobium domatium. Foundress queen tending to the larva of a parasitoid wasp which probably ate her brood.

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Observer

chziemke

Date

April 1, 2019 11:47 PM MDT

Description

On Balanites aegiptiaca in an open-canopy whistling thorn acacia savanna (separate post made for wasp: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/108489320)

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Observer

chziemke

Date

January 29, 2019 11:24 PM MST

Description

Contents of Vachellia drepanolobium domatium. C. mimosae colonies are often polygynous - this domatium had 3 living queens, two of which had been completely delimbed (but were still alive) and the other (bottom left) was missing legs. This may have occurred due to adversarial interactions between queens or could have been done by workers.

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Observer

chziemke

Date

January 29, 2019 01:44 AM MST

Description

Contents of Vachellia drepanolobium domatium collected for research. Note the presence of a winged gyne-worker 'intermediate' which is yet unrecorded for this species. These intermediates may serve as an additional third 'caste' which lays unfertilized eggs a la C. smithi and a few other Crematogaster species (see Peeters et al. 2013 DOI: 10.1016/j.asd.2013.02.003)

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Observer

chziemke

Date

January 30, 2019 01:05 AM MST

Description

Myrmecophile living among Crematogaster mimosae ants in Vachellia drepanolobium domatium. Cropped and enhanced photos added to assist ID determination. Probable ID: Hockingia curiosa, a known mimic and myrmecophile of C. mimosae (see Hocking 1970 and references listed in comments)

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