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Liometopum occidentale worker
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Dolichoderinae
Genus: Liometopum
Mayr, 1861
Type species
Formica microcephala
Panzer, 1798

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28 species

Poneropsis Heer, 1867

Liometopum is a genus of ants that belongs to the subfamily Dolichoderinae,[2] found in North America, Europe and Asia.[3]

Caterpillars of certain butterfly species have a symbiotic relationship with Liometopum ants. They produce secretions that the ants will feed on, similar to the behavior of the ant genus Iridomyrmex.[citation needed]


See also[edit]

  • Escamoles, a Mexican dish made from Liometopum larvae and pupae


  1. ^ Bolton, B. (2016). "Liometopum". AntCat. Retrieved 1 May 2016.
  2. ^ "Genus: Liometopum". AntWeb. Retrieved 2 October 2013.
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ Dlussky, G.M.; Rasnitsyn, A.P.; Perfilieva, K.S. (2015). "The Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of Bol'shaya Svetlovodnaya (Late Eocene of Sikhote-Alin, Russian Far East)" (PDF). Caucasian Entomological Bulletin. 11 (1): 131–152.

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