Subject: Swarming Dragonflies
Location: Corralitas Red Car Property, Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California
July 15, 2014 11:03 AM
This morning on our walk of the Corralitas Red Car Property with Diane, we also saw several California Harvester Ant nests, including this very active site. California Harvester Ants are indicator species which is defined by Encyclopedia Britannica as being an: “organism—often a microorganism or a plant—that serves as a measure of the environmental conditions that exist in a given locale.” The disappearance of California Harvester Ants in Los Angeles is directly related to the loss of open space due to overdevelopment, and as the California Harvester Ant is a primary source of food for Horned Lizards, they have also vanished from our local ecosystems.