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Ant (Lasius spp.)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Ant.




This light-colored species is found underground, even in moist soil, feasting on aphids.



 Updated: 4/30/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.InsectIdentification.org




One of the first insects most children see or learn to spell is the ant. This small, social insect can be found in soil, along sidewalks, bombarding discarded food or sweet drinks, and even in the kitchen. Some ants sting and bite, some are generally passive. All live in a colony with a social order that gives every member purpose. This highly organized way of life helps ensure survival of both the population and the species.


General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Insecta
      Order: Hymenoptera
        Family: Formicidae [ View More ]
          Genus: Lasius [ View More ]
            Species: spp.
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Descriptors
Scientific Name: Lasius spp.
Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Size (Adult; Length): 2mm to 9mm (0.08in to 0.35in)
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: orange
Descriptors: orange; underground; mud
Relative Size Comparison
Lo: 2mm | Hi: 9mm
Territorial Reach (A-to-Z)
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
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Georgia
Hawaii
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Maryland
Massachusetts
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New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
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Oklahoma
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Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
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Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming
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British Columbia
Manitoba
New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador
Nova Scotia
Ontario
Prince Edward Island
Quebec
Saskatchewan
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Mexico
Note: An insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above as they are driven by environmental factors (such as climate change), available food supplies and mating patterns.
Territorial Map
U.S., Canada, and Mexico
Alaska  
Hawaii  
Prince Edward Is.  
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Ant, Bee, and Wasp Anatomy
Graphic showing basic anatomy of both a bee and an ant insect
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Antennae: Ants and Bees both have a pair of antennae on the head that senses their surroundings.
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Head: The head contains the insect's compound eyes, antennae, and mandibles.
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Thorax: Contains various vital parts such as the aorta and nervous system.
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Abdomen: Contains various organs including the heart, gut, venom glands, and anus.
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Legs: Ants and Bees have three pairs of legs attached to the thorax (center-body section).
NOTE: Ants, Bees, & Wasps are part of the Hymenoptera order because they share many similarities.