False Honey Ants


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Prenolepis is a genus of ant in the subfamily Formicinae.

The False Honey Ant has been known to eat honeydew, other fruits, earthworms, arthropods, and other things such as nectar. Though as most ants they have been also known to forage inside houses eating things like ketchup, sweetcorn, syrup, fruits, and most sweet foods.
During the warmer summer months the False Honey Ant isn't as active as colder months. In fact False Honey Ants aestiviate or stop all activity for two months in the summer. During the colder months, and rainy or cloudy days is when most of the foraging takes place. This ant is one of the few that forage in colder weather, they can be found foraging at freezing temperatures.

Usually from March to April is when mating takes place, most of it taking place on the ground. This time is known as nuptial flight, because despite the fact that most mating takes place on the ground the ants still fly during this period. The females then start a new nest, the pupae or broods appear in autumn and only become adults overwinter.

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  1. (c) Ian Marsman, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND), http://www.flickr.com/photos/26747023@N00/1877336284
  2. (c) Alexander Wild, all rights reserved, uploaded by nataliemarisa, http://www.alexanderwild.com/keyword/false%20honey%20ant/i-DKwS3dd/A
  3. Adapted by nataliemarisa from a work by (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prenolepis

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