IDaids supporting identification of invasive ants

We’ve selected this set of five IDaids from over 50 (in ITP’s 3,300+ IDaid collection) that concern ants. This set was inspired by the IPPC Secretariat’s recent call for technical resources to support the IPPC Implementation pilot project on surveillance, for specific work on three pests, one of which is invasive ants. These IDaids cover ants from regions around the world and feature a range of identification resources.

Les Fourmis du Québec (The Ants of Quebec)

Entomofauna Québec, Inc. Canada

“Les Fourmis” includes a checklist, image gallery, and, under the “Outils” menu tab, taxonomic descriptions and other scientific literature about ants. In French.

Oregon Insect Pest Alert: Red Imported Fire Ants

Oregon Department of Agriculture, United States of America

Covers the introduction, spread, biology, and identification of both red and black imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta and Solenopsis richteri, respectively).

SI AntLab: Smithsonian Ant Type Specimen Database

Smithsonian National Museum of National History, United States of America

Click on “Type Specimen Database” to access high-quality images and specimen information by taxon name.

Texas Pest Ant Identification: An Illustrated Key to Common Pest Ants and Fire Ants

Texas A&M Agrilife Extension

Includes an illustrated pathway key, a dichotomous key, some descriptions, and an illustrated identification guide, for two groups of ants.


Alex Wild

Find high-quality ant images and identification-related articles and information in this blog by choosing, from the menu at the top of the page, "Galleries” (and then “Ants”), “Articles,” or “North American Ants.”