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Species Myrmica rubra - European fire ant

Ant (Canadá) - Myrmica rubra Ants - Myrmica rubra Red Ant - Myrmica rubra from BC - Myrmica rubra - female Myrmica rubra - female Myrmica rubra - female Myrmica? with aphids & syrphid larva - Myrmica rubra - female Aphaenogaster - Myrmica rubra
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Hymenoptera (Ants, Bees, Wasps and Sawflies)
No Taxon (Aculeata - Ants, Bees and Stinging Wasps)
Superfamily Formicoidea (Ants)
Family Formicidae (Ants)
Subfamily Myrmicinae
Tribe Myrmicini
Genus Myrmica
Species rubra (European fire ant)
Other Common Names
red ant
Explanation of Names
Author: Linnaeus
mainly in the northeastern United States and in Canada. Originally from Europe
"A newcomer from Europe. Workers will attack "en masse" as soon as their nest is disturbed. Even a single worker will inflict a burning sting if stepped on. This nasty tempered ant has already been nicknamed "the Fire Ant of the North".
A wet weather doesn't keep them from foraging outside. Indeed, they prefer moist conditions and are rarely found very far from water bodies." Comment by Richard Vernier
First discovered in Massachusetts in 1908 by Wheeler [1908]