Forelius pruinosus

Identified by Michael Martinez. Limestone Canyon, Orange County, CA. 7/13/2014. © Peter J. Bryant

One of two common native species (mccooki and pruinosus) that form large polygynous colonies in arid open habitats in California and the Southwest. If you crush these ants they give off the "sweet tapinoma" odor.

Hymenoptera: Formicidae

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