Honeypot Ants

Official Name

Myrmecocystus

Size

3–12 mm

Color

Dark Reddish Brown Color

Geographical Location

Found in Deserts of Arizona and New Mexico.

Common Household Location

Lawn, Garden, Kitchen, Room and Floor

Identifying Characteristics

  • "Myrmecocystus can be distinguished from all Nearctic genera of Formicinae by the elongated maxillary palpi, of which the fourth segment is as long as, or longer than, the combined lengths of the two following segments.The genus has been divided into a number of sub genus and species-groups."

Official Name

Myrmecocystus

Size

3–12 mm

Color

Dark Reddish Brown Color

Geographical Location

Found in Deserts of Arizona and New Mexico.

Common Household Location

Lawn, Garden, Kitchen, Room and Floor

Identifying Characteristics

  • "Myrmecocystus can be distinguished from all Nearctic genera of Formicinae by the elongated maxillary palpi, of which the fourth segment is as long as, or longer than, the combined lengths of the two following segments.The genus has been divided into a number of sub genus and species-groups."

Notes

Honeypot ants, also called honey ants, are ants which have specialized workers (repletes,plerergates, or rotunds) that are gorged with food by workers to the point that their abdomens swell enormously. Other ants then extract nourishment from them. They function as living larders. Honeypot ants belong to any of several genera, including Myrmecocystus and Camponotus.