|scientific name Tapinoma sessile |
Probably the most versatile ant species in North America, found in every known habitat (Sharplin, 1966, and Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).
May to September.
Workers are ~2.3-3.3 mm in length and are a dull dark grey-brown color (Creighton, 1950). The most characteristic features of Tapinoma are the postpetiole being greatly reduced and the gaster extending forward over the postpetiole, hiding it from view dorsally (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).
Colonies are made up of several thousand workers, and tend to move periodically from one nest site to another.
Not of concern.
Omnivorous, but favor rotten fruit and plant sugars. Rarely farm aphids (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).
Found throughout North America (Fisher and Cover, 2007).
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