Monomorium floricola (Jerdon 1851)

Myrmicinae, Formicidae, Hymenoptera, Insecta, Arthropoda, Animalia

worker lateral view

worker face view


Widespread in the tropics. Of Old World origin, introduced in Neotropics.


Shiny; bicolored with light brown mesosoma, darker head and gaster.

Natural History

This species is very common and occurs in and around houses and in low second growth vegetation almost anywhere in the country where ants occur. It nests opportunistically in any small cavity, usually in the low arboreal zone, and may become a house pest. Almost all the nests I have observed have been polygynous, with up to 7 dealate queens.

Page author:

John T. Longino, The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA 98505 USA.

Date of this version: 22 March 2003.
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