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Acrobat Ants

Acrobat ants (Crematogaster spp.) have a heart-shaped abdomen. When disturbed, they raise up their abdomens and ooze pungent formic acid at their attacker. (The name “formic acid” comes from the Latin word for ant, formica.) They eat aphids' honeydew, living and dead insects, protein from bird and other droppings, and sugary or meaty foods. Sometimes they build nests in people’s houses. There are about 30 species of acrobat ants in North America.

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Ants

More than 700 species in North America
Ants are everywhere! They outnumber us a million to one. These colonial insects are familiar to everyone on Earth. Their lives are endlessly fascinating.

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Odorous House Ants

The odorous house ant, Tapinoma sessile, is one of the species that commonly makes nests in people's kitchens, where their workers scavenge sweet or fatty foods, or foods rich with protein. They also eat insects. Outdoors, these hardy little ants may be found almost anywhere, but especially under rocks. Workers are less than 1/8 inch long. When squashed, these ants produce an unpleasant smell, hence the common name.

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