So I’m back. We stopped in New Mexico and Texas. Oddly, it was cool (not quite cold but too cool for bugs) and drizzling almost the entire trip.
Fun times with big’n-showy thangs but unproductive in the staph department. I was going to pitfall trap for Papasus in the sand dunes in New Mexico but the weather really didn’t permit even this. I struggled but was able to pull a few things out of plant debre.
The best catch of the trip was a phorid that I found hovering over a Pheidole immigration column. At the time I figured they were all females because they would hover over Pheidole workers, but I was never able to actually witness oviposition. Sure enough, when I took a look at them under the scope I saw that I had only collected one female while I collected close to five males. I think they’re Pseudacteon but I’m not sure.
On a different note. Let’s walk memory lane whilst discussing the urgent matter of myrmecophiles – well it’s not urgent.
This is from road trip ’08 – chapter, coastal California.
Cremastocheilus is restricted to the New World and most are myrmecophiles. Larvae develope in nest debre and adults prey on brood. There are a few odd balls, one occurs in Neotoma (pack rat) middens and and another in rotting yucca.
And down the hill side, a real beautiful mountain river where Myllaena and Geodromicus were common under river bank cobble stones.