Western Harvester Ant / Pogonomyrmex

 

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Common Name: Western Harvester Ant

Scientific Name: Pogonomyrmex occidentalis

Length: 4mm (Approx.)

The Western Harvester Ant gets it's name because it is found in the western half of the United States from Oklahoma to California. They are called harvester ants because the collects and feeds upon great quantity of edible seeds and other harvestable food items. Western Harvester Ants are also the type of ants that are often sold with ant farms. Western Harvester Ants occupy arid grasslands and desert areas of the Western U.S. They are not fond of cold weather, and you will not usually find them above 6,000 feet.