Miniature Huntress Ants

Official Name

Strumigenys

Size

1-4 mm

Color

Brown-Black

Geographical Location

Found in United States

Common Household Location

Lawn, Garden and Kitchen

Identifying Characteristics

  • An extremely common, very widely distributed species that shows considerable size variation. Mandible without an enlarged basal series of denticles but masticatory margin usually with an enlarged denticle at about one quarter to one third of the length from the apex, and another about half way between this and the apical tooth; generally these are not conspicuous unless the mandibles are open.

Official Name

Strumigenys

Size

1-4 mm

Color

Brown-Black

Geographical Location

Found in United States

Common Household Location

Lawn, Garden and Kitchen

Identifying Characteristics

  • An extremely common, very widely distributed species that shows considerable size variation. Mandible without an enlarged basal series of denticles but masticatory margin usually with an enlarged denticle at about one quarter to one third of the length from the apex, and another about half way between this and the apical tooth; generally these are not conspicuous unless the mandibles are open.

Notes

Strumigenys is a diverse group of tiny predators with oddly-shaped mandibles specialized for capturing various arthropod prey. The hundreds of Strumigenys species show considerable variation in mandible morphology and body sculpture, as well as extreme modification of body hairs. Little is known about the biology of most species. They are common in warmer climates around the world but are not often seen because of their small size, slow movements, and cryptic habits.