The Deadly Facts About Army Ants

If you picture ants, you’re most likely thinking of the most commonly seen “fire” or “sugar” ant. What people don’t realize is that there are many different species of the ant community. The most fierce and dangerous being the mighty Army Ants.

If you picture ants, you’re most likely thinking of the most commonly seen “fire” or “sugar” ant. What people don’t realize is that there are many different species of the ant community. The most fierce and dangerous being the mighty Army Ants.

Native and most commonly found in South and Central America these tiny predators hide in the deep forest awaiting their next meal. Mostly feasting on a carnivore diet, these ants can eat a wide variety due to their amazing digestive system which can dissolve any living creature. In fact, their eating habits are so amazing that one ant colony can dissolve and eat an entire cow within hours. Army Ants use two front teeth and claws which they use in unison to inject a venom which works as an acid and will dissolve all types of flesh. A favorite tasty treat among this species are wasps and Leaf Cutter Ants.

Army Ants vary in size but remain roughly between 8 and 12 millimeters in length. Their color is typically a light brown, but have been reported to also resemble a red tint. This species of ant is incredibly intelligent and can move very quickly.

These ants are mostly found living underground or up in trees. This is their safest way to avoid being stepped on, which is most commonly the death to many of these creatures. However, as many of these ants get trampled, it is highly unlikely for them to grow extinct. In just one colony there will be an average of 5,000 to 18,500 ants. A single queen can lay anywhere from 100,000 to 300,000 eggs. Most Army Ants will have a lifespan of 3 to 13 months.

The queen in an Army Ant colony is much like that of other ant species. They have one wingless queen who’s life consists of mating and laying eggs. Contrary to popular belief that the only female in a colony is the queen, there are many blind female workers in the group. The rest consists of male soldiers known as Eciton burchelli. The soldiers are a whopping one to two inches long! They have a very important role in their group which consists of protecting the queen, killing and gathering food, and forming attacks on enemy colonies. Soldiers are born with very large mandibles which they use to kill, carry large objects, and to dig. The mandibles are so huge for their body size that they cannot feed themselves. The soldiers rely on the team effort of the worker ants to help feed them.

If you are ever in a known territory for Army Ants, please take extreme caution. These ants will attack any living creature they feel is a threat – and yes, that means you too! If you step on a nest, or fall asleep near a nest you are likely to become their next prey. The soldiers attack in extremely large groups, covering their meal completely as they begin to cut the flesh into tiny pieces. As savage creatures they leave the organs in place, causing whatever they kill to be torn apart while still alive – ouch. So be sure to watch your step or you may become their next feast!

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  1. unknown Says...

    On January 14, 2008 at 3:44 pm

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  2. ///////////////////////////// Says...

    On April 16, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    SCARY!!!!!!! but it helped me with my project :)


  3. Dire Wolf Says...

    On July 13, 2008 at 5:26 am

    While these “Army Ants” are indeed dangerous, it should be known that they are not the only ant that is potentially dangerous. The Australian Bulldog Ant is far more deadly in smaller numbers than the Army Ants are. Readers should know that there are Dangerous Ants all over the world.


  4. smiles Says...

    On October 25, 2008 at 1:11 pm

    army ants eat elephants!!!


  5. TheAnt Says...

    On November 10, 2008 at 11:53 am

    They don’t even live where elephants live!


  6. i hate ants!!!! Says...

    On January 7, 2009 at 3:32 pm

    how do you know they don’t?!?!?!


  7. deadly tiny me Says...

    On January 9, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Ants live everywhere gringo.


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  11. Stephanie Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    Ants

    Hello my name Stephanie I am going to Africa to study the African Army Ant .

    Before I leave I will do a little research so I know what to expect. Lets see……the

    African army ant does not stay in one spot for long it will usually find a stump or old

    hollow log to stay in. They stay for about 20 days witch allows the queen to lay her

    eggs. When they travel they might have a problem like a crack in the ground but this

    does not stop them they just stack on top of each other and fill the gap while the other

    ants walk across them. I have some pretty good information but I still need a little more

    wait a second listen to this. Watch out these ants won’t kill you but the bites from large

    soldier ants will put you in a lot pain and once there jaws close you cant get them off.

    The African Army Ant has hook like jaws witch make there head look bigger than the

    rest of his body. Army Ants will usually eat insects and small animals but have been

    known to eat larger animals. I think that’s all I need to get me started so off to Africa!

    Hi I am in Africa know and am very excited to start research on the African Army

    Ant. Today I get to go on a safari I am SO exited I hope I can catch the Army Ant that

    way I can get a close up look on him. Hmmm better start packing lets see what will I

    need. Well I think I will bring a thin glass jar and put some bate in the back of the jar

    that way when the ant sees the bate he will crawl in the jar and then I will close the lid.

    I think this will work well it least I hope so got to go see you in the jungle.

    It’s me again and I am on the safari now, for at least to hours all we saw was tree’s

    but we have just found a huge trail of the African Army Ants . I have set out my trap and

    now all we can do is wait. While we are waiting let me tell you what they will usually do

    when they find food, first they will surround it and then climb onto it and bite whatever

    it is they are trying to eat then they will drag it back to were ever they are living.

    Anyway there are already some ants crawling in the jar I better go close the lid.

    We are at my research tent now and I am studying our ant. So far I have discovered

    the African Army Ant is a reddish blackish color and has long legs they can be

    3mm-12mm can lift up to 50 times his own wight that’s a lot also it has a tooth like head

    shape. This ant is ugly looking and I definitely would smush it if it was in my house.

    Anyway I need to let these ants go, I don’t want them invading my tent that reminds me

    some times villages in Africa have to leave there homes and go for a little while that way

    the African Army Ants will come and go and non of the villagers get bitten. There you

    go little ants you’re free.

    I have now been in Africa for 3 days it was fun being here and I have learned a lot

    on this trip to Africa but I need to go home now. So next time you see an army ant run

    away.


  12. Stephanie Says...

    On March 5, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    Actually they do smiles they live in the rain forest with the eliphents


  13. nerfdude6573 Says...

    On March 20, 2009 at 9:57 am

    hmmmm…..mmmmmmmmmm…..yumm…lol…me and you, you and me, we are a happy family…

    I think army ants are vicious and mean and you should stay away from them.

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  14. Stephanie Says...

    On March 22, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Hey nerfdude6573 what was the

    hmmmm…..mmmmmmmmmm…..yumm…lol…me and you, you and me, we are a happy family…

    about you are wierd.

    Chow Stephanie


  15. Stephanie Says...

    On March 23, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    Hello readers, I am planning to return to Africa in the summer and hope to give you more information.

    Bye for now Stephanie ( :


  16. c m markus Says...

    On March 30, 2009 at 6:02 am

    I hate to say this but the army ant is NOT the most dangerous ant in the world. The driver ant is. otherwise known as Siafu. Driver ants wil at, eat anything that gets into their path. They eat human beings, animals–any thing that gets into their path. rember, siafu is the most dangerous ant in the world. NOT army ants.


  17. someone Says...

    On April 2, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    srry but ur both wrong, the jumper ant is the most dangerous ant in the world, they can kill a human with one sting, anyway whoever did this roks cuz i got to do a report in like three weeks and this realy helped me out thx guy!


  18. someones in trouble! Says...

    On April 11, 2009 at 10:56 am

    ppl my report is due on tuesday and i have so little info! if u no any army ant facts plz post them now! all facts that arnt on on this page will help!


  19. someone Says...

    On April 11, 2009 at 11:00 am

    hmmmm…..mmmmmmmmmm…..yumm…lol…me and you, you and me, we are a happy family… dude ur wierd


  20. someone Says...

    On April 11, 2009 at 11:28 am

    guess what! im the 100,000th visitor and i get a free laptop!!! no thx ill pass anyway this site is like the only solid site out there and guess what? i have one more fact!! JUST ONE FROM SURFING THE INTERNET! all others i got from this site wait i got 2 FACTS! compared to lets see uh 17 FACTS!!!!!!!!!!!! but still 19 facts isnt enough for a report so post some facts plz!


  21. someone Says...

    On April 11, 2009 at 11:31 am

    this is radio nowhere! is there anybody alive out there! bruce springsting roks! but for real, is there anybody alive out there???


  22. someones last post of the 11th Says...

    On April 11, 2009 at 11:35 am

    ok guys nothing on the web sooooooo im going to read some books. anyway ill probley be back tomarow so post me some facts plz!!!


  23. someone doesnt need facts anymore Says...

    On April 11, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    hey guys guess what?? I CHANGED MY TOPIC my topic is the worlds deadliest ants so no facts are required, lol! anyway i could use some facts from u ppl but not as much now, that was close!!


  24. someone Says...

    On April 11, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    just to tell u i REALY need facts on fire ants so if u have any facts at ALL on them post now!


  25. someone Says...

    On April 13, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    ok ok heres all i need, the SCIENTIFIC NAME FOR ARMY ANTS PLZ POST SOON IM DESPRATE!!!!!!!!!


  26. business_1st Says...

    On April 23, 2009 at 12:01 pm

    The Army Ant (Ecitron Burchelli) of South America


  27. Sexy Shane Says...

    On April 30, 2009 at 8:07 am

    I am a sexy ant


  28. lil lo Says...

    On May 7, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    thanks so much this really helped me with a project at school!! :)


  29. Stephanie Says...

    On May 13, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    You people are useless I seriously just got back from Africa and you guys are talking nonsense! Anyway I should at least give you the info. Here it is. . .
    Ants

    If you were to ask the description of a Army Ant I would tell you they had a

    yellowish body, black hook like jaws, blackish reddish legs and little tiny black eyes

    These are creepy ants. Army Ant colonies can have up to 700,000 ants that’s a lot of

    ants in just one colony. Also a rage of Army Ants is what they call a bunch of Army

    Ants all together.

    This little ant you might want to get rid of but in fact the African Army Ant

    can be a big help. It gets rid of pesky bugs. So you can make your house bug free but

    of course you would not want them to live in your house. They aren’t the friendliest

    things around. In fact according to cracked.com the Army Ant is one of the five most

    horrifying bugs in the world. You don’t want to get near them.

    Army Ants will raid other ant colonies but never other Army Ant colonies.

    Ants workers are blind and the Army Ant workers rely on chemical trails to find there

    way around. They also use their antennae to help them feel there surroundings and to detect the chemical trails.

    I am sure you all have seen an ant. There is a many things you can talk about when

    it comes to the subject of ants I could talk about the kinds of ants, the number of ants, or

    what ants eat. The list goes on and on, but today I will specifically be talking about the

    Army Ant. These ant’s were named by scientists because they attack and destroy like an

    army does. The Army Ants can can be up to 12mm long and can lift up to 50 times there

    own weight. They have hook like jaws with which they can bite you and you can’t shake

    them off.

    The Army Ant does have enemies: humans,bees,and spiders and or anything that

    invades there space. Army Ants live in hollow logs or old tree stumps but only for 20

    days. During this time the queen lays her eggs.

    These ants will eat bugs, birds, and spiders and on other occasions they will eat

    small animals like piglets calves ext.

    Villages in Africa leave there homes when the Army Ants are coming because if

    they stay they could get bitten very badly. So the villagers just leave there homes for a

    little while. This does not bother them because they know when they return there houses will be bug free.


  30. any where Says...

    On May 21, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    army ants eat your mom


  31. any where Says...

    On May 21, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    and so do i


  32. me Says...

    On May 25, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    ants are evil and should be killed!

    Go global warming!!!!


  33. your mom Says...

    On May 25, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    yes go global worming!


  34. mac Says...

    On May 25, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    go macs.


  35. pc Says...

    On May 25, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    macs suck go pc!


  36. someone Says...

    On May 31, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    stephanie its not like we all go on trips to afica every week. anyway thanks to NO ONE i got my stkin project done. WITH OUT UR USELESS HELP
    u all stk im going to take ova da world.


  37. Edward Cullen Says...

    On November 3, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    WOW! TY! Very intresting and it helped me for my prject! ☺


  38. Chicken Leg Says...

    On November 16, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    That video was ridiculous nd the man on it was a Pidiot!


  39. Chicken Leg Says...

    On November 16, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    Nah it wasn’t to bad but there wasn’t enough chicken leg in it


  40. Foot Face Says...

    On November 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm

    Thats a bit silly, i think your just being rediculous!


  41. Chicken Leg Says...

    On November 16, 2009 at 8:47 pm

    Says the man with a foot for a face ?!?!


  42. Stephanie Says...

    On December 5, 2009 at 1:45 am

    TY! this helped me w/ my project


  43. unknown Says...

    On May 27, 2010 at 11:53 am

    i was watching discovery channel and they was tlkin about army ants so i decided to find out more about them. IT WAS SOO FREAKYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! but now i know alot about army ants!!!!


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  45. dd diblasi Says...

    On October 20, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Hey stepheny how big are the queens QUICK!!!!!!!!!!


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    On November 28, 2011 at 8:23 am

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  49. sull sucker Says...

    On December 8, 2011 at 3:18 pm

    theres some pretty cool ones.i take there leg of there body.


  50. sull sucker Says...

    On December 9, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    you guys want to go know something cool i am doing a power point on african army ants.its really cool. so do any of you play football? I do i play for the raiders guess how many trophies i one 28.i am the team captine and i play for quarter back and running back. well talk to you guys later.


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