What Do Tiny Red Ants Look Like?

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Tiny red ants are a wide variety of small species, and "tiny red ant" is a common name that doesn't apply to any one species. Learn about the constricted bodies and bulbous heads of ants with information from an entomologist in this free video on insects and bugs.

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I'm Mike Quinn, and been an entomologist for twenty years, and we're here at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower center, in Austin, Texas, talking about what do tiny red ants look like. Tiny red ants refers to a a wide variety of small species. It's basically a common name, a general description, and so it doesn't apply to any one species. Ants have constricted bodies in their thoracic region, with bulbous heads and and abdomens, and generally have elbowed or geniculate antennae, and these are features that we can see under close examination. But, ants are everywhere in the environment, and even in or houses, and they're social insects with a a caste system, and queens, and workers, and and and larvae. So, the small ants can be considered to be small, tiny red ants and refers to a variety of of the ants.

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