These ants harm wildlife

African big-headed ant

African big-headed ant attack nesting seabirds and their chicks. Find out more

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

Argentine ant

Argentine ants stop other insects from pollinating native plants. Find out more

Argentine ant worker (© Alex Wild

Little fire ant

Little fire ant kill and eat anything that can’t get away, there are almost no animals where little fire ants live. Find out more

Little fire ant worker (© Alex Wild

Red imported fire ant

Red imported fire ants will sting any animals that come in contact with them. Find out more

Red imported fire ant stinging - they also bite! (© Alex Wild

Yellow crazy ant

Yellow crazy ants kill crabs and other animals with their acid spray. Find out more

Yellow crazy ant worker (© Alex Wild

Bicoloured pennant ant

Bicoloured pennant ant is associated with the deaths of Pisonia grandis trees, which are important sea bird breeding habitat. Find out more

Bicoloured pennant ant worker (© Alex Wild

Bicoloured trailing ant

Bicoloured trailing ants prey on many beneficial insects. Find out more

Bicoloured trailing ant worker (© Alex Wild

Browsing ant

Browsing ant kills other ants that may play important roles in the ecosystem. Find out more

Browsing ant worker (© Alex Wild

Singapore ant

Singapore ants are most known for the economic harm they cause people, but they also displace other insects. Find out more

A close-up of a Singapore ant worker (© Eli Sarnat, Creative Commons Attribution, Share Alike CC BY-SA License)

Tawny crazy ant

Tawny crazy ants occur in such incredibly high numbers they have been known to suffocate chickens! Find out more

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

Tropical fire ant

Tropical fire ants prey on sea turtle babies among many other things. Find out more

Tropical fire ant worker (© Alex Wild


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