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Red Harvester Ant (Pogonomyrmex barbatus)

Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Formicidae (for-MISS-ih-dee) (Info)
Genus: Pogonomyrmex
Species: barbatus

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Sierra Vista, Arizona
Barling, Arkansas
Lake Los Angeles, California
Elephant Butte, New Mexico
Helotes, Texas
Mcallen, Texas
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On Mar 9, 2007, LindaTX8 from NE Medina Co., TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

These ants are foragers, collecting seeds and sometimes dead insects for food. Nests are usually in an open area, with no vegetations within a 3 to 6 foot circle around the entrance. They do not invade homes or buildings. But worker ants can bite and their bite can be fairly painful, sometimes causing a serious medical reaction in certain people. They are the primary food source of the horned lizard of the Southwest and some believe that a decline in this species' population may have contributed to the horned lizard disappearing from many of its former habitats.

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