red ant

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red ant (plural red ants)

  1. Any of various red-coloured ants, especially an ant of the genus Myrmica, chiefly the European red ant (common red ant), (Myrmica rubra). [from 8th c.]
  2. (US) The Pharaoh ant, (Monomorium pharaonis).
  3. (Australia) The red meat ant.
    • 2002, Victoria Finlay, Colour, Sceptre, p. 51:
      Breakfast was the white heart of a sand palm – succulent and bitter-sweet – and for ‘jam’ we ate bush apples and red ants with green bottoms that were so full of vitamin C they tasted like stings.
  4. The red harvester ant, (Pogonomyrmex barbatus), native to southwestern US.
  5. The red imported fire ant, (Solenopsis invicta), native to South America, but broadly invasive.
  6. The European red wood ant, (Formica polyctena or Formica pratensis).
  7. The red bull ant, (Myrmecia gulosa).


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