Solenopsis invicta: The Scorching Stingers

Red Imported Fire Ant queen side view, photo credit to Joe MacGown, Mississippi Entomological Museum      Children running barefoot through the lawn, farmers working out in the field, and garderners tending to their flowers each summer have undoubtfully happened upon mound(s) of Red Imported Fire Ants. Stepping upon one of these nests usually leads to an abundance of painful pricks followed by a burning sensation that no one would deem pleasant. This is what comes to mind for most when one hears of a fire ant. Although these tiny creatures are known for their fiery sting above all else, there is more to their story, which is why we would like to welcome you to our site that encompasses our research on the eusocial organism, Solenopsis invicta. Here you can learn all about this very ecologically important organism. This ant, mLarge RIFA Colony, photo credit to Alexander Wild commonly known as the RIFA, has very unique adaptations that have improved its survivability over generations along with distinct interactions among other species that have helped these ants avoid predation. Their method of reproduction is a skill that has allowed them to become an invasive species all around the globe, where they are able to dominate a variety of different RIFA Defense Posture, photo credit to Alexander Wild
    For more information on the classification of S. invicta click here. Also, over the course of our research, we came across a number of intriguing photographs that we put on display in the gallery, so feel free to check it out! Do not be afraid to explore. We hope you enjoy!

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