European Fire Ant

European Fire ant is a species of ant of the genus Myrmica. They are mainly red in color, with slightly darker pigmentation on the head. The ants live under stones, fallen trees, and in soil. They are aggressive ants, often attacking rather than running away, and are equipped with a sting. Their colonies have a polygene form, and can have up to one hundred queens per nest. The queens can live up to fifteen years. Hundreds of young queens and males take to the air to mate together. Afterwards, the males die and the queens shed their wings to make a new colony. They live on a diet of honeydew excreted by aphids, and, being very aggressive like to eat many types of insect and other invertebrates. They will attack any creature that disturbs their nest.



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