ants

(Family Formicidae)

               
Overview

Formicidae is the family that includes ants. There are at least 14,000 known species of ants worldwide. The potential number of species is closer to 22,000. There are more than 700 species in North America north of Mexico, and at least 57 species in Minnesota (CCESR). They occur on every continent except Antarctica. They are found in a wide variety of habitats. Most live underground and are seen only when foraging for food.

ant (Family Formicidae)

  Photo by Alfredo Colon
Identification

Adults are 1 32 to 1 in length. The second abdominal segment, sometimes the first two segments, forms a distinctive node or hump called the petiole. The antennae are elbowed, with a very long basal segment (scape), and the remaining segments held at a sharp, elbow-like angle to the scape. Queens and males are usually winged, workers are always wingless.

 
Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 24, 27, 29, 30.

The map at left is incomplete. All of the counties in white should probably be in green.

 

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Hymenoptera (ants, bees, wasps, and sawflies)

 

Suborder:

Apocrita (wasps, ants and bees)

 

No Rank:

Aculeata (ants, bees and stinging wasps)

 

Superfamily:

Formicoidea (ants)

 

Family:

Formicidae (ants)

 
Subordinate Taxa

Subfamily Dolichoderinae

Subfamily Ectatomminae

Subfamily Formicinae

Subfamily Myrmicinae

Subfamily Ponerinae

 
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About

Mar 16, 2012

Ants are social insects of the family Formicidae and, along with the related wasps and bees, belong to the order Hymenoptera. Ants evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago and diversified after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 out of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified.

Ant societies have division of labour, communication between individuals, and an ability to solve complex problems.

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  Mound-building Ants (Formicidae)
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Apr 18, 2010

This large ant nest or mound appears to consist entirely of soil. Photographed at the Rydell NWR, Minnesota (17 April 2010).

   
       

 

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Alfredo Colon
8/21/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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8/20/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

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Alfredo Colon
8/8/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

ant (Family Formicidae)


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8/2/2019

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

ant (Family Formicidae)


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7/9/2018

Location: Woodbury, Minnesota

ant (Family Formicidae)


     
     
 
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