Depending on the species, ants may build anthills that tower into the air. They may also build their nests underground, in the soil, or in the trees.
Ants are small, brown or yellow insects. They are part of the order Hymenoptera. They are closely related to wasps. They are known for their aggressiveness and venomous stings. Some species are known to bite humans and pets.
Generally, ants eat insects, fungi, and plant substances. They can also feed on eggs and larvae of other species. Some ant species are valued as biological pest control agents. Some species live in other species’ nests as parasites. Some species build anthills and tunnels many feet deep.
Several species are considered invasive. One example is the red imported fire ant. These ants are considered a pest because they can be aggressive. These species are found in many parts of the world.
These ants have powerful jaws that can easily break apart food. They also excavate the soil. The outer pair of jaws is used for digging, and the inner pair of jaws is used for chewing.
Ants have been around for millions of years. They evolved from wasp-like creatures about 100 million years ago. The ancestors of modern ants are believed to be vespoid wasps.
The most important part of an ant colony is the queen. The queen lays thousands of eggs, and ensures that the colony survives. The workers also contribute to the colony. They help the queen take care of her offspring, and carry food back to the nest.