The common name “fire ant” stems from two important details about the insect. First, their colouring is red, giving them a fire-like exterior. Secondly, these bugs inflict a painful, burning bite on their victims.
Fire ants are very grumpy – they will pretty much attack anything that they feel is intruding on their colony. This species of ant are omnivores, meaning they eat everything and anything. They sustain themselves mostly on plants and seeds but are not opposed to gorging on insect flesh!
In some cases, fire ants have attacked specific bugs to extinction. They’ve been known to target a specific bee species, enter its hive, and consume the hive’s food source, ensuring the bees ultimately starve.
Fire ant colonies have many clear members: queen, males, soldiers, and workers.
+ Can bite and sting at the same time
+ High damage
+ Strength in numbers
+ Tough carapace armour
+ Excellent senses
+ Highly developed social abilities
+ Many metamorphosis paths available
+ Reproductive can fly
+ Colony can have more than one queen
- Can be weaker one on one
- Rely on the colony for safety
- Without the queen, all is lost
- Need to provide food to the colony
Egg > Larvae > Pupae > Worker/Soldier/Reproductive > King/Queen
Underground, with an observable mound on the surface
Live insects, dead insects, nectar, seeds, fruit & plant material