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BUGS

Tensas River NWR

ANTS

Formicidae

At A Glance

  • IDENTIFICATION: Wingless, large head with two antennae, three segmented body with a thin waist between abdomen and thorax
  • COMMONLY CONFUSED WITH: Termites
  • DIET: Engine oil, other ant species, seeds, nectar, left out food, other invertebrates, and some small vertebrates like lizards larvae eat insects
  • HABITAT: Underground, inside trees, in the walls and crevices of homes
  • BREEDING: Queen mates once, then lays up to hundreds of thousands of eggs each day once she has a place to nest, eggs hatch into larvae with no legs or eyes or major organs (similar to maggots)
  • BEHAVIOR: Social insects that work together to get food and take care of the young, live in mounds of dirt, holes in trees and moist wood inside homes
  • SPECIAL SKILLS: Super strength
  • SEASONS FOR VIEWING IN NORTH LOUISIANA: Spring, Summer, Fall