Ant identification and termite identification are similar, with a few differences outlined below.
Ants are close relatives of bees and wasps. They are common insects that are effortlessly identified, especially in their common wingless adult forms. However, winged-types ant abandons the nest in large numbers in warm conditions to mate and create new colonies. In many cases, they are mistaken for winged termites, who also leave the nest to mate.
The following three primary characteristics can distinguish ants and termites:
Passing through the egg, larval, pupal, and adult phases. Larvae are immobile, worm-like, and never look like adults. Also, ants are social insects. Queens carry out the colony’s reproductive functions and are more significant than another ant. They lay eggs and, at times, take part in the feeding and grooming of larvae.
On the other hand, female workers that happen to be sterile will collect food, feed, and look after the larvae. They build tunnels and guard the colony. These workers make up the majority of the colony. Males do not engage in ant colony activities. Therefore, their only function is to mate with the queens. Because they are few in contrast to the females – worker ants feed male ants.
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Published: 24/10/2014 Updated: 26/04/2021