Cone Ants

Official Name

Dorymyrmex

Size

8 mm

Color

Black, Red or Dark Brown

Geographical Location

Found in North america

Common Household Location

Lawn,Garden And Kitchen

Identifying Characteristics

  • Queen: Anterior clypeal margin with long, strongly ventrally curved setae which surpass the distal edge of closed mandibles; psammophore present; third maxillary palp segment elongate and subequal to or longer than the combined lengths of segments 4+5+6.
  • Worker: Angle of propodeum with a single medial dorsal spine or tooth; psammophore present, weakly to strongly developed; third maxillary palp segment elongate, subequal in length to segments 4+5+6.
  • Male: Third maxillary palp segment longer than the combined lengths of segments 4+5; anterior clypeal margin with moderately ventrally curved setae; second funicular segment with a lateral bend; pygostyles reduced; mandibles with 2 to 3 teeth and 2 denticles.

Official Name

Dorymyrmex

Size

8 mm

Color

Black, Red or Dark Brown

Geographical Location

Found in North america

Common Household Location

Lawn,Garden And Kitchen

Identifying Characteristics

  • Queen: Anterior clypeal margin with long, strongly ventrally curved setae which surpass the distal edge of closed mandibles; psammophore present; third maxillary palp segment elongate and subequal to or longer than the combined lengths of segments 4+5+6.
  • Worker: Angle of propodeum with a single medial dorsal spine or tooth; psammophore present, weakly to strongly developed; third maxillary palp segment elongate, subequal in length to segments 4+5+6.
  • Male: Third maxillary palp segment longer than the combined lengths of segments 4+5; anterior clypeal margin with moderately ventrally curved setae; second funicular segment with a lateral bend; pygostyles reduced; mandibles with 2 to 3 teeth and 2 denticles.

Notes

The Cone Ant measures up to ¼ inch. Their color can be black, red or dark brown. Their nests are volcano-shaped and 3 to 4 inches in diameter.Cone Ants nest in the soil and prefer open arid habitats. They forage randomly and feed on insects and other proteins. They are most active late in the day through the night time hours. This ant can have several mounds within 2 to 3 feet of each other.