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A queen Aphaenogaster occidentalis in the nest (Blodgett Forest, California, USA).
Found most commonly in these habitats: 7 times found in pine forest, 2 times found in Riparian woodland around stream; mostly Acer grandidentata, abundant Rubus parviflorus in understory., 13 times found in shrub steppe, 11 times found in redwood forest, 7 times found in oak woodland, 6 times found in conifer forest, 5 times found in suburban garden, 5 times found in pine/oak woodland, 6 times found in oak grove, 6 times found in riparian orchard, ...
Collected most commonly using these methods or in the following microhabitats: 85 times Search, 38 times hand collecting, 23 times Bay Area Ant Survey (BAAS), 29 times aspirated, 3 times pitfall trap, 1 times under rock, 1 times in horse manure, 6 times winkler, 2 times hand coll., 4 times Davis sifter, 1 times Winkler sifter, ...
Elevations: collected from 5 - 3565 meters, 1071 meters average