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Genus Myrmecocystus - Honeypot Ants

Honeypot ants with nest - Myrmecocystus mimicus Red-headed desert ants - Myrmecocystus Ant 2 - Myrmecocystus semirufus orange-headed ant - Myrmecocystus Honey ants from the Chiricahuas - Myrmecocystus mendax - female Formicinae - Myrmecocystus Ant nest in desert wash - Myrmecocystus Myrmecocystus mexicanus - 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 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)