Other Common Names
Pharaoh ant (not accepted by the Committee on Common Names of Insects of the Entomological Society of America)
Throughout the world, probably from Africa
Does not nest outdoors except in southern latitudes; it has adapted to field conditions in southern Florida. In colder climates, it has become established in heated buildings.
Not native. Seems to have a very spotty distribution across most of its introduced US range, and populations can stay localized, though infestations can reach very high densities. Does not seem to be particularly great at invading native habitat, since it is rarely found in wild areas.