Content tagged "fire ant biology"

Identifying Fire Ants

Imported Fire Ants Updated: March 13, 2017

In the United States, imported fire ants currently inhabit all or parts of Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Missouri, Mississippi,...

Fire Ant Stings

Imported Fire Ants Updated: March 10, 2017

Thousands of fire ants live in just one fire ant nest. If a mound is disturbed, hundreds of ants immediately rush out, climb on whatever disturbed them,...

Fire Ant Morphology, Reproduction, and Development

Imported Fire Ants Updated: November 17, 2015

If it were it not for the painful experiences associated with fire ants, most people might find these creatures fascinating. Their life cycle and social...

Fire Ant and Harvester Ant Strategies for Carrying Different Sized Objects: Dumb Ant Tricks or Good Examples of Behavioral Adaptation by Insects?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: March 16, 2015

Two examples of insect learning are shown on this page. Red harvester ants don't normally come into contact with a dime, and red imported fire ants don't...

Fire Ant Biology

Imported Fire Ants Updated: June 11, 2014

Home > How to Kill Fire Ants > Fire Ant BiologyImported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta and Solenopsis richteri (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), are social insects...

Fire Ant Habitat and Food Sources

Imported Fire Ants Updated: May 07, 2014

Imported fire ants, Solenopsis invicta and Solenopsis richteri (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), are social insects that usually produce hills or mounds in open...

What are flying ants?

Imported Fire Ants Updated: February 25, 2014

Two red imported fire ant alates preparing to lift off for nuptial flight. USDA photo. Most ant species, including fire ants, produce flying ants. Often...

Ants and Electrical Equipment

Imported Fire Ants Updated: April 22, 2013

Ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), including the red imported fire ant, Solenopsis invicta Buren, have an affinity for electrical utilities (Drees 1998). In...

Insects and Mites That Hitchhike on Flying Fire Ants

Imported Fire Ants Updated: January 11, 2012

One way fire ants ultimately establish new colonies is to disperse through mating (nuptial) flights (Fig. 1). During these flights, winged male and female...

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