Color: Dark Brown or Black
Size: 3 to 12mm
Scientific Name: Ecitoninae spp.
Army Ant FAQs
Are army ants harmful to humans?
The army ants of the New World tropics and the driver ants of Africa have been depicted in fiction as very dangerous predators that may even threaten humans. While it is possible that these animals may be killed, the ants are not generally dangerous.
Why do they call them army ants?
Army ant (or legionary ant or “Marabunta”) means over 200 ant species. They are called army ants due to their aggressive predatory groups looking for food, known as “raids”, in which many ants look for food at the same time in one place, attacking other animals collectively.
Do army ants bite?
A bite from an Army ant can be painful or itchy. Simply resting the affected area is all that is needed to treat this type of bite. If pain or itchiness persists, apply ice to the affected area. Always make sure to properly identify a pest when bitten.
What does an army ant do?
The soldiers of army ants are larger than the workers, and they have much larger mandibles than the worker class of ants, with older soldiers possessing larger heads and stronger mandibles than the younger ones. They protect the colony and help carry the heaviest loads of prey to the colony bivouac.