Sep 22, a walk around the Watkins Garden revealed 2 ants we haven't seen before. Lasius claviger (the orange one below) was hiding out under a board. Prenolepis imparis was inside of flowers all over the garden.
One of the astonishing things about small insects is that each individual has all of the key elements of bigger animals like fish and mammals. Nervous, digestive, immune, circulatory, endocrine systems. An ant adds some of its own specialties, like social organization and chemical communications.
Just as astonishing, the two species here have all of the characteristics of most ants. But Solenopsis packs that into an anatomy that is absurdly tiny compared to Camponotus. Both ants are found at the Sargeant Street Garden.