Pheidole morrisii

School of Ants collection
Literature record

Pheidole morrisii


This species of the big-headed ant clan makes relatively large nests in which live many hundreds of workers and, in every nest so far examined, a single queen. When she founds her nest this queen is alone and seals herself in a chamber, presumably to stay safe while tending to her first, small eggs. This species is thought of mostly as a scavenger--picking up what might otherwise go to rot--but it has also been observed gathering seeds and, in the context of this project, cookies. Note: fuzzy picture from Discover Life.

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