A Guide to the Insects of the Coal Oil Point Reserve

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  Insects of Coal Oil Point > Guide > Hymenoptera > Formicidae 

Formicidae - Ants

The family Formicidae includes all ants. Ants live communally in nests ranging in size from a dozen to several thousands of individuals. Nests are found in the ground or in other natural cavities and typically consist of one queen, many female workers and a small number of males. Ants may be predaceous, scavengers, or feed on plants.

Coal Oil Point is home to five species of ants, including the highly invasive Argentine Ant (Linepithema humile.)

Ant Photos
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Little black ant
Monomorium minimum

Argentine ant
Linepithema humile


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