European Red Ant

European Red Ant

More popularly called the European Fire Ant or Common Red Ant they are, as expected, mainly red in colour with a darker head.

European Red Ant Queens can live for up to fifteen years and with many nests per colony and up to 100 queens per nest they can very quickly become an infestation.

The queen European Red Ant takes a flight to mate with the young males in July and August and then shed their wings and form a new colony. The male ants die after mating with the queen.

Found under stones or at the base of trees they are commonly found in gardens in the UK. They aggressively seek and eat other insects and invertebrates and also feed on honeydew and, uncommonly, on nectar.

These ants bite but do not spray formic acid as other species might. They are considered aggressive as they will fight rather than run.