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 Yellow Crazy Ant (Anoplolepis gracilipes)




Yellow Crazy Ant | Anoplolepis gracilipes photo
Profile view of ant Anoplolepis gracilipes

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Yellow Crazy Ant | Anoplolepis gracilipes photo
Dorsal view of ant Anoplolepis gracilipes

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Yellow Crazy Ant | Anoplolepis gracilipes photo
Head view of ant Anoplolepis gracilipes

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YELLOW CRAZY ANT FACTS

Description
Yellow crazy ants get their common name from their erratic movement when disturbed. Crazy ants spray formic acid to subdue prey, this can irritate skin and eyes of people coming in contact with the ants. They have a slender yellow to brown body with a dark brown abdomen. The abdomen sometimes banded with lighter brown bands. The legs and antennae are very long in proportion to the body.

Size
body length about 5mm. The legs are also about 5mm long.

Environment
Yellow crazy ants usually nest in areas with access to moisture such as along creek banks, under logs or piles of timber, around base of trees, amongst debris or leaf litter, within retaining walls.

Food
Yellow Crazy Ants eat a variety of food including seeds, insects and other small invertebrates, decaying matter including dead animals.

Breeding
Yellow crazy ants are highly social ants and can form high-density colonies with multiple queens and thousands of workers.

Range
Yellow crazy ants are believed to have originated in south-west Africa. It has spread throughout many parts of the world including Hawaii, but is not found on continental United States or Canada.

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Formicidae
Genus:Anoplolepis
Species:gracilipes
Common Name:Yellow Crazy Ant