This species of ant is native to South America as its name suggests, however, it has been spread to many parts of the word including North America, Europe and Asia.
It is in the top 100 most destructive pests. It is highly invasive capable of displacing other ant species and also colonizing abandoned nests.
They invade human residences in search of food and water or when their colonies have reached full capacities.
They do not have a natural predator so their population expands very fast.
Size : 1/16 inches to 1/4 inches
Shape : Segmented, Oval
Color : Dark brown to black and shiny
Legs : 6
Wings : Varies
Antenna : Yes
Common Name : Argentine Ant
Kingdom : Animalia
Phylum : Arthropoda
Class : Insecta
Order : Hymenoptera
Family : Formicidae
Species : Linepithema humile
Diet : Argentine ants forage for food both in the wild and in human residences. In the process they eat up anything including live insects and rodents, seeds and plant matter. In the house they’ll consume high calorie foods like fat, sugary and starchy foods. Unlike other social insects both the workers and the queen all forage at the same time.