A small insect, often with a sting, that usually lives in a complex social colony with one or more breeding queens. It is wingless except for fertile adults, which often form large mating swarms, and is proverbial for industriousness
Variant spelling of anti- before a vowel or h (as in Antarctic).
(Forming adjectives) denoting attribution of an action or state
Opposed to; against
Opposed to; against
A shield fitted on top of a building’s supports to prevent termites from entering the building from the foundations
Any of various aphids or scale insects that are tended by ants for the sake of the honeydew that they expel.
= ant's egg; usually in plural.
A person who specializes in the study of ants; an expert in ants.
A shiny black ant, Lasius fuliginosus, widespread in Eurasia, which typically makes its nest in a tree cavity.
A Eurasian ant of the genus Myrmica.
Another term for aardvark.
A place where ants are bred or reared; specifically an artificial enclosure or formicarium containing an ant colony, typically with transparent walls through which the ants' activity is visible.
An arthropod, especially a beetle, that lives commensally inside ants' nests; an inquiline.
An ant colony; especially an artificial ants' nest or formicarium.
An insect that resembles a dragonfly, with predatory larvae that construct conical pits into which insect prey, especially ants, fall
= anthill 2.
The prairie three-awn grass, Aristida oligantha, of North America, the growth of which, in Texas, is favoured by the red harvester ant, Pogonomyrmex barbatus.
A blind nomadic tropical ant that forages in large columns, preying chiefly on insects and spiders
An ant that is black and is often found in and around houses
Any of several ants that exhibit very fast or erratic movement, especially Prenolepsis longicornis, native to tropical regions.
A tropical American ant that has a painful and sometimes dangerous sting
An ant that stores large amounts of honeydew and nectar in its elastic abdomen, which becomes greatly distended. This is then fed to nest mates by regurgitation
Any of various common ants which infest buildings; also with distinguishing word.
A carnivorous Australian ant, especially a large reddish-purple kind that builds mounds
Any of various ants which build nests in the form of large mounds; (Australian) = meat ant.
Another term for termite.
A large reddish-brown ant found chiefly in woodlands, living in nest mounds, which it defends by spraying formic acid at the attacker
A small reddish ant that captures the pupae of other ant colonies to raise as slaves
Any of various small antbirds belonging to various genera of the family Thamnophilidae (formerly Formicariidae).
= anthill 2.
Any of several terrestrial orchids of the genus Chiloglottis (and formerly Caladenia), which are native to Australasia and have flowers that resemble small insects.
Any of a number of thrush-sized ant-eating birds
A large Australian ant with large jaws and a powerful sting
Another term for army ant.
Either of two European ants, the small Lasius flavus (in full yellow meadow ant) and the large Formica pratensis.
A leafcutter ant, especially Atta cephalotes or A. sexdens, of tropical America.
A small red or yellowish African ant that has established itself worldwide, living as a pest in heated buildings
A kind of predatory ant which is said to have been introduced into Jamaica to control pests in sugar cane plantations, and later to have become a pest itself.
A driver ant or army ant of the predominantly African genus Dorylus; also called siafu.
An antlike velvety-bodied insect related to the wasps. The female is wingless, and the larvae parasitize the young of bees and wasps in the nest
A tropical ant which builds its nest between leaves that are fastened together using silk secreted by the larvae
A small South American ant that has become established in parts of the US
A large ant that burrows into wood to nest
An ant that gathers and stores seeds and grain as a communal food source for the colony
Another term for honey ant.
A large black stinging ant, Megaponera foetens, found in Zimbabwe.
A tropical ant that cuts pieces from leaves and carries them back to the nest for use as a culture medium for growing food fungi
An ant that raids the nests of other ant species and steals the pupae, which later become workers in the new colony