ARGENTINE ANT FACTS
Argentine Ant Workers are small dark brown or medium brown ants with smooth shiny bodies. The mandibles have five to eight large teeth and five to thirteen smaller serrations (denticles). The head is tear-drop shaped with widest point above the eyes. Argentine Ants are highly invasive and one of the world's worst pest ant species. They will displace most native ants from their habitat. Argentine Ants indirectly harm agricultural crops by protecting insect pests such as aphids and scale insects from predators. They protect these insects to harvest the sugary honeydew they produce.
workers are about 2mm to 3mm. Queens are about 6mm to 8mm
Linepithema humile is found in many habitats including forests, grasslands, river catchments, shrublands, farmland, coastland, urban areas and wetlands.
They feed on sweet foods such as the honeydew produced by aphids, scale insects and mealybugs.
Colonies spread by groups of ants leaving the colony to start their own colony. A single queen and ten workers is enough to start a new colony.
Native to subtropical regions of northern Argentina, the species is now cosmopolitan.
|Common Name:||Argentine Ant|