28 July 2018: Earlier this year in Monteverde, Costa Rica, I found a live colony of Acanthognathus ocellatus. This is a Neotropical ant that is a specialist predator of Collembola (springtails). They are rare, and few people have seen them alive, much less capturing prey! You can check out some videos I made of them catching springtails, retrieving prey, and feeding larvae.
13-17 January 2014: Lab hosts students from Mexico. It was delightful to have two students from Tamaulipas working in the lab this week. They were Masters student Itzel Rodríguez de León from the Instituto Tecnológico de Cd. Victoria, and PhD student Madai Rosas Mejía from the Instituto de Ecología Aplicada, Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas. They were here to learn the intricacies of Pheidole identification.
Madai (left) and Itzel (right) take a break from the lab to check out a Utah ski slope.
13 Jan 2014: Undergrad assistant Mac Pierce sends ants into space! Mac provided a colony of Tetramorium immigrans (pavement ants) that headed to the International Space Station on 9 Jan. See news article here.