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Aphaenogaster flemingi Smith

Aphaenogaster flemingi, full face view of worker (click on image for larger view).
Aphaenogaster flemingi, profile view of worker. This species has very little sculpture on the body (click on image for larger view).

Ants in the genus Aphaenogaster are medium sized to large, slender with long legs and antennae, usually have propodeal spines (a few species lack spines), have 12 segmented antennae with the last 4 segments forming a weak club. The genus is widespread in North America and species nest in rotting wood, under bark, and in soil.

This average sized Aphaenogaster species can be distinguished by its yellowish-brown coloration, weak sculpture (especially on the pronotal dorsum), and long slender propodeal spines.

Biology and Economic Importance
In AL and MS, Aphaenogaster flemingi is an uncommonly collected ant with the only recent collection in a Black Belt Prairie remnant.

Although this species has the potential to sting, it is unlikely to pose any serious threat due to its non-aggressive behavior. Furthermore, because it appears to prefer relatively undisturbed habitats, it is unlikely to be a nuisance pest in urban areas.

In the Southeast, this species has been found in FL, LA, MS, NC, SC. Smith (1979) also mentions that it is known from KY.

Literature Cited
Smith, D. R. 1979. In Catalog of Hymenoptera in America north of Mexico. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D. C. Vol. 2, pp. 1323-1427.

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