Proceratium croceum

Brownish-orange to reddish-brown, including mandibles and appendages; head and alitrunk coarsely sculptured. Recognized by the shape of the petiolar node and the larger size.

Colonies are small, ca. 30 workers (Cole, 1940b) and one queen (Van Pelt, 1958).

Males and females present in nest in Tennessee Aug. 4

A more southerly species, not known from Ohio, but occurring in Indiana and Illinois. Gregg ( 1944) records the species for Indiana (missed in Munsee et al., 1985), thus it could also occur in Ohio.

Habitat

In wet, densely shaded area of mixed cove hardwoods in Tennessee (Cole, 1940b).

Food

Presumed to be a predator of spider eggs.

Behavior

Strictly found underground or beneath cover (hypogaeic). Cole (1940b) reports that they are slug­gish in their movements.

Nesting Information

Gregg (1944) reports this species as being col­lected under dung in Indiana. Cole (1940b) found a nest in a moss-covered, well-decayed log. See Van Pelt ( 1958) for Florida habitats.

Size

3.7mm - 4.0mm