Ants belong to the family Formicidae within the Order Hymenoptera. Ants are social insects and have a complex social organisation within their colonies. Typically the colony contains one or more reproductive females (queens) and a large number of workers and brood. Recruitment of workers, trail-laying, alarm transmission, and many other aspects of the ant social behaviour are regulated by pheromones (chemical secretions).
A photograph of wood ants on the surface of their nest.
Other names for (or types of) Formicidae include:
- Flying ant day
- Nuptial flight
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