are a huge problem across the Southeast, where over 40% of the population is stung every year.
have been in the news recently for much less positive reasons.
venom is produced in the poison gland, stored in a venom sac, and delivered through the sting, which is derived from the ovipositor of non-social Hymenoptera (Callahan et al.
4 million plan to rid Australia of red imported fire ants
melanocephalum was significantly suppressed by fire ant
stings are dangerous to humans and animals.
However, the total biomass of a mature fire ant
colony (4-6 y old) is 70% made up of larger workers (Tschinkel, 1988), suggesting that having these workers or, in general, caste diversity benefits the colony (Retana and Cerda, 1994; Fjerdinsgtad and Crozier, 2006; Gravish et al.
Treating ants of another species with formic acid saved their lives after exposure to fire ant
1998) were performed to determine fire ant
species by using genetic markers.
are omnivores that will feed on almost any plant or animal material.
have a burning sting that comes from their venom.
Likewise, nitrogen in fire ant
mounds may originate in their feces, which are primarily composed of uric acid (Chen, 2006).