The tiny ants of the genus Pyramica are highly-specialized predators in soil, leaf litter, and other enclosed environments. They hunt by stealth, approaching their prey slowly and deliberately. Pyramica membranifera is perhaps the most widely distributed species in the group, as it has spread with human commerce to warmer regions around the globe. This ant was observed in downtown Tucson, Arizona.
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