Monday, August 24, 2015

News ants in Texas!

They've probably been here a while, but they were just recently found.

Meet Leptanilloides chihuahuaensis, a recently described species from the Davis Mountains!

from MacGown et al. 2015

More info here:

MacGown, J.A., Schiefer, T.L. and Branstetter, M.G. 2015. First record of the genus Leptanilloides (Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Dorylinae) from the United States. Zootaxa 4006 (2): 392-400

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Ph.D. Opportunity in Myrmecology

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Ants of Texas Symposium

The Ants of Texas working group presented a symposium at the Entomological Society of America-- Southwest Branch meeting in San Antonio, Texas this week.

Along with some other exciting ant talks at this meeting, this was definitely the highlight for me!

Below are a a few photos from the symposium.

Dr. Danny McDonald introduces the audience to "The Ants of Texas"

Dr. Sergio Sanchez Pena tells us about the ants of northern Mexico... almost in Texas

Ms Ann Mayo teaches us about the ecology of Comanche harvester ants

Dr. Danny McDonald discusses the reproductive phenology of Nylanderia fulva

Mr. Christopher Wilson regales us with tales of penile structure in Brachymrmex

Later, in the urban insects symposium, Dr. Robert Puckett talks about management of Nylanderia fulva

At the student competition, Lance Umlag discusses thermal physiology of Nylanderia fulva

And not pictured, Dr. Robin Verble-Pearson (myself) presented on the endogenous and exogenous factors influencing thermal tolerance in ants.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Course Announcement: Ants of the Southwest

The second Ants of the Southwest course will be held in at the beautiful Southwest Research Station in Portal, Arizona from 17-26 July 2013.
(c) R.M. Verble 2009

The course will include lectures, field trips, field experiments, and laboratory time.  Students will learn ant ecology, taxonomy, and behavior.

(c) R.M. Verble 2009

For more information, check out their webpage.

Monday, January 28, 2013


This blog will be a place to share upcoming collecting trips, specimen information, and general progress on The Ants of Texas.