Latin: Monomorium pharaonis. A tiny, bright yellow ant. The workers are only approximately 2 mm long. It is originally a tropical species, which has spread across the world through imports. In Northern Europe it has been known since the 1920s. In Northern Europe, the pharaoh ant depends on heated buildings. The pharaoh ant is most […]
The hymenoptera include ants, wasps and bees. They, like beetles, moths and flies, have complete metamorphosis. The larvae are limbless, blind and pale maggots. There are two pairs of transparent flying wings with relatively few but clear ribs. The rear wings are always smaller than the front wings. Mouth parts are arranged to either suck or […]
Approx. 100 million years ago, Ants (Formicidae) evolved from small solitary wasp-like ancestors. Some ants still have an actual venomous stinger like wasps. These stinging ants may attack if you accidentally sit on an anthill. There is usually no doubt about what the problem is. An anthill in the lawn can be eradicated by saturating […]
( Latin: Acanthomyops niger ) Several of the ants which otherwise live in the ground will occasionally build their nests in damp timber in the house, and these include the garden ant. They will only start to gnaw their way into timber which has already been subject to damp and has been broken down by fungi and […]
( Latin: Monomorium pharaonis) This small yellowish-red ant gets its popular and specific names from the fact that it was erroneously believed to have been one of the plagues of ancient Egypt. In fact, it came originally from the tropics and reached Europe in the early years of this century. It is completely dependent upon […]
( Latin: Acanthomyops fuliginosus) It may also find its way into the kitchen. It makes its nest in timber and is discussed in more detail (p. 145) together with the pests of timber.
(Latin: Lasius niger) These are the ants most commonly seen on verandas and in the house. They live in the ground, frequently under rocks or flagstones, and they will often penetrate under the house itself, particularly if it has been built directly on the ground. Ants frequently build nests in the insulation layer and from […]
( Latin: , Superfamily Formicoidea) Ants can be found more or less everywhere. About 3,500 different species have been described, and these are adapted for widely varying conditions. Common to them all, however, is the fact that they are social. The winged ants frequently seen in the middle of the summer are males and females […]