Types of Ants
Ants are one of the most diverse and successful species on the planet. There are over 12,000 known species of ants in the world, with new species being discovered every year. Ants can be found in almost every habitat on Earth, from deserts to rainforests and even in your own backyard. Here is a look at some of the different types of ants that exist.
Carpenter ants are one of the most common types of ants found in North America. They get their name from their habit of tunneling through wood to create nests. Carpenter ants are usually black or red and range in size from 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch long. They feed on other insects, honeydew, and sweet foods like syrup.
Fire ants are a type of ant native to South America but have spread to many other parts of the world. They get their name from their painful sting which can cause a burning sensation. Fire ants are reddish-brown in color and range in size from 1/16 inch to 1/4 inch long. They feed on other insects, seeds, and sugary foods.
Leafcutter ants are found throughout Central and South America. They get their name from their habit of cutting pieces of leaves and carrying them back to their nest. Leafcutter ants are usually black or brown and range in size from 1/8 inch to 1/2 inch long. They feed on fungus that they cultivate inside their nests.
Harvester ants are found throughout North America and parts of Europe. They get their name from their habit of harvesting seeds for food. Harvester ants are usually red or yellow and range in size from 1/8 inch to 3/8 inch long. They feed on seeds, grains, and other plant material.