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Red imported fire ant

Scientific Name
Solenopsis invicta
Scientific Author
Buren
Taxonomy
(Hymenoptera: Formicidae: Myrmicinae)
Status
Exotic Species Outbreak in Australia
Reliability
High
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Description

S. invicta is omnivorous and foraging fire ants may be found in or on plants because they are preying on phytophagous arthropods associated with those crops.  In addition, fire ant workers feed on certain plants and are attracted to nectaries on plants such as cotton and passion vine. On other plants, the ants seem attracted to oil-containing plant parts such as the embryo portion of corn and sorghum seeds. (CABI 2004)

 

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