Fire ants are found throughout South America and the southern part of the United States of America. Two species of fire ants are native to the United States, while the other two species were brought to the United States as invasive species.Know More
There are two species of fire ants that are native to the southern part of the United States: the tropical fire ant (Solenopsis geminata) and the southern fire ant (Solenopsis xyloni).
There are also two species of imported fire ants that arrived in the United States in the ballast soil from ships. The first to arrive was the black imported fire ant (Solenopsis richteri), which arrived in Mobile, Alabama, in 1918. The native range of these ants includes northern Argentina, Uruguay and southern Brazil. Now this species also lives mostly in Mississippi, Alabama and southern Tennessee.
The other invasive fire ant species is the red imported fire ant (Solenopsis invicta) which arrived in the late 1930's. The red imported fire ant is much more aggressive than the black imported fire ant, and it quickly pushed the black ants out of much of their range. Currently the red imported fire ant is classified as an invasive species throughout the southern part of the United States and in Puerto Rico.Learn More
Fire ants are omnivorous insects that eat many different kinds of animal and plant material. They prey on small animals like mice, ground dwelling amphibians and reptiles and eat ground-nesting birds, live insects and dead insects. Fire ants will also eat the carcasses of large dead animals and will even attempt to bring down large animals that are injured or sick.Full Answer >
Drones and immature queens of ants within the genus Solenopsis are red and have wings. These ants are more commonly known as fire ants. Fire ants are capable of injecting a painful toxin as a defense mechanism or as a means of subduing prey.Full Answer >
Army ants are very aggressive and travel in large colonies of up to 2 million individuals. They mostly live in warm, tropical forests in Brazil, Peru and Mexico.Full Answer >
An ant has a simple brain that is wired to attack a predator and defend its colony. In addition, most ants cannot see very well and rely on their antennae to smell and communicate. When an ant comes close and smells a human, it senses a predator and starts biting.Full Answer >