These Red Harvester Ants were photographed at the McInnish Sports Complex in Carrollton. Their mound consists of a single hole in the ground. As is typical, a significant area of ground around the entrance to the mound was denuded of vegetation. This bare ground was covered with small pebbles, another signature characteristic of a Red Harvester Ant mound.

There were several distinct trails leading away from the mounds entrance. These well worn paths are used by the worker ants to travel to and from the colony while foraging for seeds.

DateOctober 8, 2011
Time of DayMorning
TemperatureWarm (70-89°F/21-32°C)
HabitatRecreation-Sports Complex
Type of BehaviorForaging
ObserverChris Jackson

3 Replies to “Red Harvester Ant – Trails”

    1. I don’t know how they do it. The trails are very distinct. They are as much as 2 inches wide, and run for 20 to 30 feet. The ground is clear of vegetation, and the soil looks compacted. Does anyone know how they make these trails?

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