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Genus Myrmecocystus - Honeypot Ants

Honeypot ants with nest - Myrmecocystus mimicus Ant 2 - Myrmecocystus semirufus Snaggletooth Queen Ant - Myrmecocystus - female Hymenoptera - Myrmecocystus mexicanus Myrmecocystus semirufus Myrmecocystus mimicus Formicidae - Myrmecocystus Formicidae - Myrmecocystus
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 Formicinae
Tribe Lasiini
Genus Myrmecocystus (Honeypot Ants)
Range
arid regions of w. NA(1)
Habitat
soil-nesting ants of arid regions(1)
Remarks
Some members of each colony become living storage containers and hang from the ceilings of nest chambers deep underground, their abdomens greatly swollen with food(1)