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Genus Liometopum - Velvety Tree Ants

Are these velvety tree ants (Liometopum occidentale)? - Liometopum occidentale ant - Liometopum occidentale Alarm Posture - Liometopum occidentale - female Large ant? - Liometopium apiculatum - Liometopum - male Liometopum luctuosum - female Ant with patterned abdomen - Liometopum Ant - Liometopum occidentale Liometopum (velvety tree ants)? - Liometopum occidentale
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Formicoidea (Ants)
Family Formicidae (Ants)
Subfamily Dolichoderinae (Odorous Ants)
Tribe Tapinomini
Genus Liometopum (Velvety Tree Ants)
Numbers
3 spp. in our area(1), TBA spp. total
Range
w. NA & Asia(1)
Remarks
L. apiculatum (Spanish escamole) is considered a delicacy in Mexico, where it is disappearing due to overcollecting; the same may be beginning to happen in the US (Ramos-Elorduy 2006)
See Also
Often have inquilines in nest fragments, especially Sceptobius.