The Little Fire Ant gets its name from its very painful sting. However, it is not closely related to the true fire ants which belong to the group of fire ants from Central and South America. Here in Florida it is located in Central and South Florida. These ants do not seem to form definite underground nests but instead appear in clusters beneath objects and in cracks and crevices.
New colonies are started by budding where workers and inseminated females leave the parent colony and wander off, but remain part of the super colony.
Little Fire Ants tend to eliminate competitive ant species within their territory. The Little Fire Ant is less aggressive than The Native Fire Ant or The Imported Fire Ant. They may be crawling on you for some time without being disturbed or stinging. Since they do not have distinctive mounds a person may not realize they are standing in a Little Fire Ant area and be stung without warning.
The Little Fire Ant is recognized by its light to golden brown color with the abdomen slightly darker. It has a pair of spines on its pedicel instead of a distinctive node. It also has very large mandibles, a robust body for its size, and a stinger at the end of the gaster.