Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Red Car Property: THEM!

Photo: Diane Edwardson, July 28, 2011.  California Harvester Ants have an extensive series of colonies stretching from the historic viaduct footings to the oak tree on Lot C of the Red Car Property.  (Click on photo to enlarge.)

California Harvester Ants are NOT Fire Ants. They are a native species that will defend their colony if threatened.  They are NOT an invasive, dangerous species like Red Imported Fire Ants.  

In CEQA-speak, Harvester Ants are an "indicator species."  Their presence in the ecosystem is an indicator of a healthy environment with ample and diverse food sources to support their continued survival.