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Little Black Ant

Little Black Ant

Description:
The black ant’s thorax lacks spines, and the petiole has two nodes. The abdomen is tipped by a small stinger. Each antenna ends in a three-segmented club. The little black ant workers are 1/16- inch long. These characteristics also describe the Pharaoh ant; however, the characteristic, which distinguishes these two species, is the jet-black color of the little black ant.

Biology:
Little is known about the biology of this species. The colonies have several queens and rapidly grow within a fairly short period of time. The winged reproductives typically swarm in late spring or early fall.

Habits:
Little black ants are found throughout the United States. They nest beneath stones, in lawns, and in areas that lack vegetation. Their nests are easily located because they form small craters of fine soil at their entrances. These ants also nest in rotting wood and behind the woodwork or masonry of structures. Indoors they can be found under the edge of carpeting, in old termite galleries, and in wall voids.

Little black ants like to feed on a variety of foods. They eat aphids as a source of honeydew, feed on meats and greases, and are predaceous on other insects. Indoors they feed on both greases and sweet foods.