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 Long-legged ant (Aphaenogaster cockerelli)




Long-legged ant | Aphaenogaster cockerelli photo
Profile view of ant Aphaenogaster cockerelli

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Long-legged ant | Aphaenogaster cockerelli photo
Dorsal view of ant Aphaenogaster cockerelli

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Long-legged ant | Aphaenogaster cockerelli photo
Head view of ant Aphaenogaster cockerelli

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LONG-LEGGED ANT FACTS

Description
The Long-legged ant is a dark reddish brown slender ant with long legs, and antennae with twelve segments. It has two prominent spines on propodeum (the part of the abdomen in front of the "waist"). They live in large colonies. These fast moving ants can be aggressive and can bite, but do not sting. There are many species of Aphaenogaster in all parts of the world except South America and South Africa.

Size
about 8mm

Environment
found in open areas and scrub in the desert

Food
Feeds on plants and seeds, and dead insects and other arthropods which they drag into the nest.

Breeding
this species builds a nest in rocky or sandy areas which can be quite large, with pebbles around the entrance

Range
Aphaenogaster cockerelli is found in the south west of the United States and in Mexico

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Formicidae
Genus:Aphaenogaster
Species:cockerelli
Common Name:Long-legged ant