The pharaoh ant
The Pharaoh Ant
|Nom français||Fourmi pharaon|
|Nom anglais||Pharaoh ant|
|Nom latin||Monomorium pharaonis|
It is a small insect of the Formicidae family that lives in colonies.
It is a species that is not native to Egypt 🙂 (but more likely from West Africa).
It has a coloration ranging from golden yellow to reddish brown. His abdomen is usually darker than the rest of his body.
It survives in heated buildings. She loves tropical greenhouses, medical establishments and restaurants.
Mores of the Pharaoh ants
The colony had only one form of female workers. There are no soldiers. Workers are sterile female ants that measure between 1.5 and 2 mm.
The Pharaoh Ant doesn’t sting. It has a sting that is far too weak to pierce human skin.
A different behavior …
The queen has a length varying between 3.5 and 5 mm.
Reddish brown in colour, it has a dark coloration compared to the workers.
There are several queens in the same colony. This can count 50,000 to 200,000 future queens. They can sometimes be seen when they move with workers both inside and outside the colony. The only difference: wings.
Each “satellite” nest includes several laying queens.
Queens and males mate inside the nest. Unlike most other species of ants (cobblestone ants, carpenter ants), there is no nuptial flight.
Queens lose their wings after breeding. They lay eggs all the time for the good of the colony.