Fire Ant

Fire Ant

Able to inflict especially painful bits and stings.

  • Common Name: Fire Ant
  • Scentific Name: Solenopsis spp.
  • Class/Order/Family: Insecta/Hymenoptera/Formicidea
  • Metamorphosis: Complete
  • Size


    Workers polymorphic, about 1/16-1/4" long. Queens average 1/4".

  • Color


    Head and thorax yellowish red and abdomen black, reproductives darker.

  • Biology


    Typical mounds are rounded , up to 18" high and 24+" in diameter, with several tunnels just under the surface extending out several feet.

  • Habit


    Typically ground-nesting ants. Sometimes nest in the wood or masonry of buildings, especially in areas near the soil or warmth.

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