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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: 1 times found in sandhill/bluffs.
Found most commonly in these microhabitats: 1 times Sifted leaf litter.
Collected most commonly using these methods: 1 times Lindgren funnel.
Elevations: collected at 360 m
Type specimens: Lectotype of Aphaenogaster mariae: casent0907688