Hypoponera punctatissima 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. There is some dispute as to whether this should be treated as a native species because it is most often come across in greenhouses and other permanently heated buildings but there is evidence for its presence 1500 years ago in northern Britain (Seifert, 2003) and colonies have occasionally been discovered a long way from human habitation.
Isolated records from England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland.
A cosmopolitan species distributed throughout Europe, the tropics and sub-tropics.
Because H. ergatandria was only recently recognised as present in Britain there is some uncertainty about existing records. The map therefore probably combines records for both species. Where records are known to be of H. ergatandria they have been omitted from this map.