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Posted by Lester G. Milroy III on June 24, 2002 at 18:44:38:
In Reply to: Re: fireants- more posted by Gordon C. Snelling on June 24, 2002 at 18:16:37:
: Just want to make it clear that I was not advocating the use of Solenopsis as a food source. As Lester noted S. invicta is an esp. dangerous ant to deal with. However that does not alter the fact that HLs can and will eat Solenopsis xyloni and probably other species as well...
: “Workers of S. xyloni have been taken as prey by the flat tailed horned lizard, Phrynosoma mccallii. “
: excerpt from "California Desert Ants" by Roy R. Snelling
: This does not mean that they go out of their way to prey on this ant species just that do use it as a resource when available.
: : all the best
: : Gordon
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:Thank you Gordon for the post. I have talked with other researchers that work with the Flattail and have had similar reported observations and scat sample analysis with S. xyloni. I have not found Solenopsis in the scat of Phrynosoma coronatum or P. platyrhinos, P. coronutum or P. modetum. They seem to be rejected by most other HLs. Lester G. Milroy III