Little Black Ant
The Little Black Ant
Little black ants are common throughout northern and eastern parts of the United States; it is also found in Southern California. This little, black, and shiny ant is extremely small measuring only about 1/16 of an inch which is what gives it its unique name. Queens can be about 1/8 of an inch.
Little black ant colonies can be moderate or large in size with a few thousand workers. Colonies that are near buildings will generally be small and will not cause any structural damage. A colony can have multiple queens.
These ants are unable to chew food, so they just suck out the liquid nutrients and leave behind the solid. Their treat of choice is the honeydew that aphids produce, but will also eat insects, sweets, vegetables, and greasy foods. The little black ant forages in trails and can carry about 20 times its body weight.