Last weekend I took a drive up to central Vermont to do some hiking/anting in addition to relaxing .
I looked mostly in and around a large grove of white pines. If you see an ant that I miss-identified please tell me. All ants were identified using the keys in A Field Guide to the Ants of New England.
The temperature was low 70s with a partly cloudy sky.
Myrmica sp. AF-scu
These ants were common on the inside edges of the grove. Where present they were dense and very active.
I found 5 colonies of this ant. All of the colonies were within rotting branches that were partially submerged in the pine needle mat. The only workers I saw foraging were very close to the colony.
I did not find this ant in the pine grove but they were very common outside of it.
Leptothorax sp. AF-can
I found this ant on the edge of a meadow nearby. Only this single worker was found. This is my first encounter with this genus.
I plant to go back there and try and collect and observe some of the undescribed species.
Also common in the pine grove was Camponotus pennsylvanicus, and outside and in the boarder Lasius neoniger was common.