Ghost Ant

Official Name

Tapinoma

Size

2.4-3.25 mm

Color

Brownish Black or Black in color

Geographical Location

Found in United States

Common Household Location

Kitchen Counters Day and Night, looking for Sugary Snacks.

Identifying Characteristics

  • A small Dolichoderine that has only the slightest of petiolar nodes and an unusual arrangement of its gastral segments. Unlike other species in this subfamily the final segment of the gaster is directed downward.

Official Name

Tapinoma

Size

2.4-3.25 mm

Color

Brownish Black or Black in color

Geographical Location

Found in United States

Common Household Location

Kitchen Counters Day and Night, looking for Sugary Snacks.

Identifying Characteristics

  • A small Dolichoderine that has only the slightest of petiolar nodes and an unusual arrangement of its gastral segments. Unlike other species in this subfamily the final segment of the gaster is directed downward.

Notes

Tapinoma is a genus of ants that belongs to the subfamily Dolichoderinae. The genus currently comprises 74 described species distributed worldwide in tropical and temperate regions. Members of are generalized foragers, nesting in a wide variety of habitats, ranging from grasslands, open fields, woodlands, to inside buildings. The majority of species nest in the ground under objects such as stones or tree logs, other species build nests under bark of logs and stumps, in plant cavities, insect galls or refuse piles