These ants harm crops

African big-headed ant

African big-headed ants are a serious pest on many crops, such as coconuts and bananas. find out more

 
African big-headed ant large (major) worker (© Alex Wild alexanderwild.com)

Argentine ant

Argentine ants farm aphids and mealybugs, causing outbreaks of these crop pests. find out more

 
Argentine ant worker (© Alex Wild alexanderwild.com)

Little fire ant

Little fire ants make harvesting crops by hand almost impossible due to their painful sting. find out more

 
Little fire ant worker (© Alex Wild alexanderwild.com)

Red imported fire ant

Red imported fire ants eat the roots, stems and new shoots of many kinds of plants. find out more

 
Red imported fire ant stinging - they also bite! (© Alex Wild alexanderwild.com)

Yellow crazy ant

Yellow crazy ants protect sap-sucking insects, which damage crops and spread plant diseases. find out more

 
Yellow crazy ant worker (© Alex Wild alexanderwild.com)

Bicoloured pennant ant

Bicoloured pennant ants farm scale insects, though the ant is not usually a major agricultural pest. find out more

 
Bicoloured pennant ant worker (© Alex Wild alexanderwild.com)

Browsing ant

Browsing ant damage plants by farming sap-sucking insects. find out more

 
Browsing ant worker (© Alex Wild alexanderwild.com)

Difficult white-footed ant

Difficult white-footed ants play a role in spreading crop diseases, like pineapple wilt disease, by tending sap-sucking insects. find out more

 
Difficult white-footed ant worker tending aphid (© Alex Wild alexanderwild.com)

Fijian white-footed ant

Fijian white-footed ant cause outbreaks of pest insects like aphids and mealybugs. find out more

 
Fijian white-footed ant worker (© Alex Wild alexanderwild.com)

Tawny crazy ant

Tawny crazy ants farm insect pests. find out more

 
Tawny crazy ant worker (© Mike Quinn, TexasEnto.net, Creative Commons License)

Tropical fire ant

Tropical fire ants eat seeds and seedlings of many different crops. find out more

 
Tropical fire ant worker (© Alex Wild alexanderwild.com)

White-footed house ant

White-footed house ants farm crop harming sap-sucking insects and protect them from predators. find out more

 
White-footed house ant worker tending insect (© Alex Wild alexanderwild.com)
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