False Honeypot Ant
( Prenolepis imparis )


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PHOTO COMMENT
This ant can be a pest in Oakland homes. It is unusual in its ability to get around when temperatures are just a few degrees above freezing. These are relatively slower-moving and stouter ants than the Argentine Ant. They occur in fewer numbers, but infestations in homes may be significant. Workers are very dark brown with large abdomens. There is a caste that acts as a reservoir for sweets collected, but these are not the true Honeypot Ant.

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Prenolepis imparis
(Say, 1836)
Common Name:False Honeypot Ant
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Formicidae
Taxon Code:HYM01018
ITIS/TSN:577971

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
ECI Site#:CAEB010108

RECOGNITION
Body Length
10 mm (Q); 5 mm (W)

BIOLOGY

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
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