Asian Needle Ant Brachyponera chinensis (Emery, 1895)Non-native    Synonyms: Pachycondyla chinensis.
Kingdom Animalia   >   Phylum Arthropoda   >   Class Insecta   >   Order Hymenoptera   >   Family Formicidae   >   Genus Brachyponera   

Status:

"Accidentally introduced to North America from Asia. First detected in DeKalb County, GA around 1932; now found from Connecticut south to northern Florida, west to Alabama and Tennessee" (BugGuide).

Relationships:

"Has become the dominant ant species in some forested and urban habitats in South Carolina, excluding beneficial native ants" (BugGuide).

There are 5 records in the project database.

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Brachyponera chinensis specimen. Contributed by April Nobile. Photo by AntWeb Data. (MBP list)

An Asian Needle Ant in Baltimore City, Maryland (7/3/2016). First record of this species added to Maryland Biodiversity Project. Verified by James C. Trager/BugGuide. Photo by Derek Hudgins. (MBP list)

Asian Needle Ant in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (7/13/2017). (c) Timothy Reichard, all rights reserved. Photo by Timothy Reichard. (MBP list)

An Asian Needle Ant in Anne Arundel Co., Maryland (5/22/2021). Determined by Steven Wang/BugGuide. Photo by Lynn Strauss. (MBP list)


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