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An Aphaenogaster mariae worker adds soil to liquid food resource to serve as a "sponge" for transporting the food back to her nest. This curious behavior is typical of many North American Aphaenogaster species. (Urbana, Illinois, USA).
Found most commonly in these habitats: 47 times found in nest in dead hardwood tree, 33 times found in bottomland hardwood forest, 8 times found in open area on ridge in mixed forest, 6 times found in on ridge in mixed forest, 2 times found in base of Quercus falcata var. pagodafolia in mixed woods, 1 times found in deciduous forest, 1 times found in floodplain forest, 1 times found in in hollow at base of Fagus grandifolia, 1 times found in base of Quercus alba in upland hardwood forest, 1 times found in sandhill/bluffs, ...
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 2 times soil and litter, 2 times litter, 1 times soil, 1 times Sifted leaf litter.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 9 times peanut butter bait on Carya sp., 9 times peanut butter on hardwoods, 8 times peanut butter bait on Quercus pagodafolia, 8 times peanut butter on Quercus rubra, 6 times peanut butter bait on Quercus velutina, 6 times Berlese funnel, 4 times peanut butter on Carya sp., 3 times peanut butter on Quercus sp., 3 times Lindgren funnel trap, 3 times peanut butter bait on Quercus sp., 1 times Lindgren funnel, ...
Elevations: collected at 360 m
Type specimens: Lectotype of Aphaenogaster mariae: casent0907688