Arriving in Kansas I realized that there is a very rich fauna of myrmecophiles here. For one thing, unlike Ithaca, Aphaenogaster seem to dominate woodland habitats and I have been seeing a plentiful fauna associated with them.
Meet the genus Cedius. A myrmecophilous genus of the staphylinid subfamily Pselaphinae. Myrmecophiles of Aphaenogaster, Lasius etc., they are found only when these ants nest in relatively dry wood. Cedius are especially easily collected when nest entrances are exposed under bark of these dry woods.
There was too much dust on the sensor to remove in a resonable amount of time. I know there are glares on the image but this was the first time using this imaging system here at KU. We will be getting a new imaging system setup soon and that’ll be bye bye to all that dust.