Aphaenogaster carolinensis

School of Ants collection
Literature record

Aphaenogaster carolinensis


Common in forested areas throughout the Southeastern United States. Aphaenogaster carolinensis are important seed dispersers. Many species of plants, such as bloodroot, depend on them for seed dispersal. The ants carry the seeds to their nests and eat the lipid-rich parts of the seeds while leaving the seed embryos intact. The seeds then germinate in the nutrient-rich ant nests.

Find out more about this species at Antweb and see more photos at Alex Wild's photography site.