Formicid Ants Big-Headed: Daceton spp.

Formicid Ants Big-Headed: Daceton spp. Photo, Picture
  • Common Name:Big Headed Ants
  • Order Name: Hymenoptera
  • Family Name: Formicidae

This Order of insects include sawflies, horntails, wood wasps, ensign wasps, Ichneumonids, fairyflies, fig wasps, chalcids, gall wasps, cuckoo wasps, yellow-faced bees, sweat bees, leafcutter bees, carpenter bees, honey bees, bumble bees, orchid bees, velvet ants, spider wasps, paper wasps, yellow jackets, hornets, mud-dauber wasps and ants.

These rusty orange tropical Daceton ants made their nests in trees. Guards were posted at the entrance with large opened jaws warning against intrusion of any kind. Although not the largest insect in the forest, their shear numbers and coordinated gathering activities make ants the most conspicuous insects in the forest. Ants are included in fables and carry symbolic associations with productivity and investing their time wisely in gathering supplies.