What is the Largest Ant in the World?

Dorylus-largest ant in the world

Last Updated on August 15, 2020 by admin

African driver ant (Dorylus gribodoi) is the biggest ant in the world. This queen driver ant can grow up to nearly 5 cm long.

It is also known as Dorylus, Safari Ants or Saifu. Dorylus is a large genus of army ants which found in central and east Africa.

Fun Facts About Dorylus

  • Each Dorylus colony can contain over 20 million individuals driver ant.
  • During food supplies they leave the hill and form marching columns of up to 50,000,000 ants.
  • Driver ants prey on larvae of the African sugarcane borer.
  • Earthworms is the large part of diet of Dorylus.
  • Their queens are even larger and the drones are larger than the soldiers
  • After mating, the queen will lay up to 1,000,000 eggs per month.
  • When East African tribe Maasai moran suffer from a gash in the bush, they use the soldiers to stitch the wound by getting the ants to bite on both sides of the gash

Scientific classification of Dorylus

  • Kingdom:Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Order: Hymenoptera
  • Family: Formicidae
  • Subfamily:Dorylinae
  • Leach, 1815
  • Tribe: Dorylini
  • Leach, 1815
  • Genus: Dorylus
  • Fabricius, 1793
  • Type species: Vespa helvola
  • Diversity: 61 species

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