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Species Paratrechina longicornis - Longhorn Crazy Ant

Are these crazy ants?  - Paratrechina longicornis Paratrechina longicornis - female Paratrechina longicornis Ants on a palm frond - Paratrechina longicornis Possibly Paratrechina longicornis - Paratrechina longicornis - female Possibly Paratrechina longicornis - Paratrechina longicornis - female Formicidae - Paratrechina longicornis Paratrechina longicornis
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 Formicinae
Tribe Lasiini
Genus Paratrechina
Species longicornis (Longhorn Crazy Ant)
Other Common Names
Slender Crazy Ant (1), Black Crazy Ant (TISI), Long-legged Crazy ANt
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Paratrechina longicorni (Latreille)
Orig. Comb: Formica longicornis Latreille, 1802
Explanation of Names
longicornis (L). 'long horn' (2)
1 Nearctic sp. (adventive)
Bluish reflections are characteristic of this species.
adventive and widespread across so. US (CA-FL-VA), with (indoor?) records as north to se. Canada
may be the world's most widespread ant species (Wetterer 2008); native to the Old World tropics, (prob. originated from SE Asia or Melanesia)
Life Cycle
a common pest ant in houses and seems peculiarly adapted to the interior and immediate vicinity of human habitations - AntWeb
Print References
Trager JC. 1984. A revision of the genus Paratrechina (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) of the continental United States. Sociobiology 9: 51-162.
Wetterer JK 2008. Worldwide spread of the longhorn crazy ant, Paratrechina longicornis (Hymenoptera: Formicidea). Myrmecological News 11: 137-149.
Wetterer et al. 1999. Ecological dominance by Paratrechina longicornis (Hymenoptera: Formicidae), an invasive tramp ant, in Biosphere 2. Florida Entomologist 82(3): 381-388.
Internet References
Featured Creatures - J.C. Nickerson & K.A. Barbara, UF - 2015
Works Cited
1.Exotic ants in Florida
Deyrup M., Davis L., Cover S. 2000. Trans. Am. Ent. Soc. 126: 293-326.
2.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.