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Genus Acromyrmex - Leaf-cutting Ants

winged ant or wasp - Acromyrmex versicolor Ant Cones - Acromyrmex versicolor Leafcutter Ant outing - Acromyrmex versicolor Desert Leafcutter Ant - Acromyrmex versicolor - Acromyrmex versicolor - female Acromyrmex - Acromyrmex versicolor Desert Leafcutter Ant - Acromyrmex versicolor Acromyrmex versicolor worker - Acromyrmex versicolor Acromyrmex versicolor - female
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 Myrmicinae
Tribe Attini ("Higher" myrmicines - no group name)
Genus Acromyrmex (Leaf-cutting Ants)
Explanation of Names
Acromyrmex Mayr 1865
Numbers
more diverse of the two leaf-cutter genera (1), but only the one Acromyrmex sp. in the US (A. Wild, pers. comm. to MAQ, 2017)
Range
New World tropics and subtropics (1), sw US in our area (A. Wild, pers. comm. to MAQ, 2017)
Habitat
desert habitat in the US (A. Wild, pers. comm. to MAQ, 2017)
Food
agricultural ants: they cut fresh vegetation to feed to a specialized fungus that grows only in ant nests and serves as the ants' food source (1)