I see these all the time here. They are mostly from the south-west of the U.S. and parts of Mexico. I catch them when the queens have their nuptial flights and then attempt to raise colonies. They can be very finicky and will randomly die.
I'm sorry if bringing back old topics is not too welcomed here. I couldn't help myself; they are one of my favorite ant genus.
They are also found in the Australian outback (arid regions) where certain aboriginal peoples dig them up as sweet treats
I did not realize honey pot ants extended further from the genus Myrmecocystus. I knew Prenolepis were considered a false honey pots. Interesting to find other genus have evolved to have repletes in their caste systems.