In Mexico, colonies of Liometopum have been used as a food resource by people in rural areas for centuries. The immature stages of the reproductive caste, known as "escamoles" are consumed and are a high-quality source of protein, carbohydrates, and lipids. Adult reproductives may also be consumed by humans during swarming, and worker brood is consumed when other stages are scarce.
- Liometopum apiculatum
- Liometopum luctuosum – the pine tree ant
- Liometopum occidentale – the velvety tree ant
- Hoey-Chamberlain, R; Rust, MK; Klotz, JH (2013), "A Review of the Biology, Ecology and Behavior of Velvety Tree Ants of North America", Sociobiology 60 (1): 1–10, doi:10.13102/sociobiology.v60i1.1-10
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