There are three kinds of ants in a colony: The queen, the female workers, and males. The queen and the males have wings, while the workers don't have wings. The queen is the only ant that can lay eggs. The male ant's job is to mate with future queen ants and they do not live very long afterwards.
Considering this, what are some of the common types of ants?
Here's a look at some of the more common ants you might find marching around your home.
- Odorous house ants. The odorous house ant will often come marching indoors looking for food. (
- Pavement ants. Pavement ants feast on some honey. (
- Ghost ants. Ghost ants feed on a piece of apple.
- Carpenter ants.
- Argentine ants.
- Fire ants.
How many types of ants do we have?
There are more than 12,000 species of ants all over the world. An ant can lift 20 times its own body weight. If a second grader was as strong as an ant, she would be able to pick up a car! Some queen ants can live for many years and have millions of babies!
What is the name of the biggest ant in the world?
These ants are generally less well known than Paraponera clavata, the bullet ant, yet Dinoponera females may surpass 3–4 cm (1.2–1.6 in) in total body length, making them among the largest ants in the world.