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  • Common name: a name used to describe a plant and animal by a local community. Many plants and animals have several common names, but only one scientific name. Example, Leaf-Cutter ant is one of the common names for Acromyrmex versicolor.
  • Scientific name: the Latin name used by scientists around the world to describe a particular plant or animal. Scientific names have two parts. The first part describes the genus, or group of related species. The second part describes the specific species. Example: Acromyrmex versicolor is the scientific name for the leafcutter ant. There is only one scientific name for each plant or animal and scientific names are always italicized.

Get really up-close to ants

Now is the time to check out these amazing animals from the safety of your own computer. Click on any of the ant images in the gallery below and use the zoom tool to explore the amazing animals.  Once you take a closer look you are sure to agree that you would not want to be a tiny tasty morsel standing around these girls. Yes all these are worker ants and so they are females. We also have a companion story about ants that you might like to check out.


<em>Cephalotes atratus</em> - Giant Gliding Ant<br />&copy;Alex Wild <em>Odontomachus coquereli</em> - Trap-Jaw Ant<br />&copy;Alex Wild <em>Oecophylla longinoda</em> - Weaver Ant<br />&copy;Alex Wild
Cephalotes atratus
Giant Gliding Ant
Odontomachus coquereli
Trap-Jaw Ant
Oecophylla longinoda
Weaver Ant
Panama Madagascar Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa

<em>Atopomyrmex mocquerysi</em> - No Common Name<br />&copy;Alex Wild <em>Myrmecia nigrocincta</em> - Bull Ant<br />&copy;Alex Wild <em>Mystrium oberthueri</em> - No Common Name<br />&copy;Alex Wild
Atopomyrmex mocquerysi
no common name
Myrmecia nigrocincta
Bull Ant
Mystrium oberthueri
no common name
Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa North Queensland, Australia Madagascar

<em>Camponotus pennsylvanicus</em> - Black Carpenter Ant<br />&copy;Alex Wild <em>Pheidole rhea</em> - No Common Name<br />&copy;Alex Wild Acromyrmex versicolor
Camponotus pennsylvanicus
Black Carpenter Ant
Pheidole rhea
no common name
Atta texana
Leaf-Cutter Ant
Upstate NY, USA Arizona, USA Texas, USA

These are just a few of the strangest-looking ants that can be found all over the world, photographed by ant scientist Alex Wild. If you think these are cool, see more of Alex's photos and learn more about these ants at Myrmecos.net.

ant, photo by Alex Wild

It's like having your own microscope! Visit our Zoom Gallery to explore and have fun zooming in and moving around each image.

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ant, photo by Alex Wild

It's like having your own microscope! Visit our Zoom Gallery to explore and have fun zooming in and moving around each image.

Share to Google Classroom

Be part of Ask A Biologist

by volunteering, or simply sending us feedback on the site. Scientists, teachers, writers, illustrators, and translators are all important to the program. If you are interested in helping with the website we have a Volunteer page to get the process started.