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Thursday, August 08, 2013


Myopopone castanea is a member of the Amblyoponinae subfamily of ants. Most species of this subfamily are vampire ants that feeds on the juices of punctured wounds on the larvae. In a healthy nest this does not appear to cause serious harm to the larvae but in a stressed nest where the numbers of larvae might be few, numbers of larvae successfully becoming pupae is considerably impacted.

Myopopone castanea

Myopopone castanea

Myopopone castanea

Myopopone castanea worker
Myopopone castanea workers and alate.

Myopopone castanea
Myopopone castanea male.

Myopopone castanea

Myopopone castanea males,

Myopopone castanea workers.

Myopopone castanea

Myopopone castanea ants.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Infraorder: Aculeata
Superfamily: Vespoidea
Family: Formicidae
Subfamily: Ambloyoponinae 292192
Tribe: Amblyoponini 219763
Genus: Myopopone 237676
Species: castanea 237740

Last Updated: 2013 08 08
First Posted: 2013 08 08
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