Challenge 1. What are the ants eating?

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The idea of these seed ID challenges will be to introduce some real world reasons why someone might need to identify seeds.


Scenerio:  You are an entomologist who is studying harvester ants, a type of ant that gathers and eats seeds. You encounter a harvester ant nest where the ants have piled their discarded food outside the nest entrance.


harvester-midden-veterens


You need to identify those grayish seeds with the white fringe to find out what plants the harvester ants are using in their environment.

brittlebush-seed


Here's a better look at the seeds. Can you figure out what they are?

If you need help, try the Seed of the Week archive at Growing with Science blog. 

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