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scientific name    Tapinoma sessile    

habitat
Probably the most versatile ant species in North America, found in every known habitat (Sharplin, 1966, and Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).

seasonality
May to September.

identification
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).

life history
Colonies are made up of several thousand workers, and tend to move periodically from one nest site to another.

conservation
Not of concern.

diet info
Omnivorous, but favor rotten fruit and plant sugars. Rarely farm aphids (Wheeler and Wheeler, 1963).

range
Found throughout North America (Fisher and Cover, 2007).

quick link
http://entomology.museums.ualberta.ca/searching_species_details.php?s=38658



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