Hypoponera ergatandria (previously named H. schauinslandi (Emery) (Seifert, 2013)) is a small brown ant with a functioning sting, a single substantial petiole and a constriction between the first and second segments of the gaster. It is an underground species with wingless worker-like males and only the alate gynes are likely to be seen above ground. This is a cosmopolitan tramp species which is most often come across in greenhouses and other permanently heated buildings. It has only occasionally been recorded in Britain (Seifert 2003). It is a little smaller than H. punctatissima (Roger) and can be separated in the gynes by measuring head width and scape length. It has a tropical or sub-tropical origin and cannot survive outdoors in Britain. It has an unusual flight period of November to February which is thought to be triggered by short day length although winged gynes have been know to emerge as early as August from some sites.
Isolated records from England.
A cosmopolitan species distributed throughout Europe, the tropics and sub-tropics.