United Titanium Bug Zoo Featured Arthropod

Black Carpenter Ant, Photo: Steve Upperman

Contributed by UTBZ Program Manager, Jeni Filbrun

The Ant, family Formicidae, order Hymenoptera
Who rules the world? Ants of course!  At the United Titanium Bug Zoo we have ant colonies. If you have a keen eye, you can spot the queen. As social insects, ants all work as a team caring for the brood to ensure a healthy colony. Ants are also farmers! They tend to aphids to increase their production of “honeydew,” which is the excretions of the aphids.

Ants tending AphidsAnt Close-up