False Honey Ant
The False Honey Ant, Prenolepis imparis, is a small ant (workers 2.5-3.5 mm; queen about 8 mm) that has a range that covers most of the US, southern Ontario, and Mexico. They usually build their nest in open but shaded soil that has some clay content, or sometimes in wooded situations, and occasionally you’ll find them under a rock or log. They do not nest indoors, but sometimes you will find them indoors during the winter (they are attracted to sweets). They do not like the heat of the summer, so they are more active during the cooler months and often build their nest deep underground to help keep themselves cool. This ant is often associated with oak woodlands of various sorts, but also beech / maple environments.
Photos and Additional Information:
- False Honey Ants (University of Minnesota Extension)
- False Honey Ants – Color Photos and Information (courtesy of BugGuide.net)