Caption: Common odorous house ant (Tapinoma sessile). Odorous house ants are common household pests that usually feed on sweets, but also on grease and protein. These small (1/8 inch long) dark brown ants derive their name from the disagreeable odor, similar to that of rotten coconuts, that is given off when worker ants are crushed. Found throughout the U.S., these ants usually nest outdoors and prefer sweet honeydew produced by insects such as aphids and mealy bugs. Under wet or hot conditions they nest indoors in walls or under floors spaces.
Magnification*: x14
Type: SEM
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