Myrmecocystus

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Myrmecocystus
HoneyAnt.jpg
Myrmecocystus sp.
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Formicinae
Tribe: Lasiini
Genus: Myrmecocystus
Wesmael, 1838
Type species
Myrmecocystus mexicanus
Wesmael, 1838
Diversity[1]
29 species
Synonyms

Endiodioctes Snelling, 1976
Eremnocystus Snelling, 1976

Myrmecocystus is a North American genus of ants in the subfamily Formicinae. It is one of five genera that includes honeypot ants.[2] Worker ants keep and tend plerergates, which are other ants that store large quantities of nutritious fluid in their abdomens to feed the colony during famine times.[citation needed]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Bolton, B. (2014). "Myrmecocystus". AntCat. Retrieved 19 July 2014. 
  2. ^ Morgan, R. Biology, husbandry and display of the diurnal honey ant Myrmecocystus mendax Wheeler (Hymenoptera: Formicidae)

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