Ants

Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Hymenoptera
Suborder: Apocrita
Superfamily: Vespoidea
Family: Formicidae Genus: Formica

Ants are one of the most common ground dwelling insects. Being social insects they are often seen in large numbers working together and form colonies underground. 

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Several Australian ants scurrying around. image:R.Conan-Davies

They have been found to be evolved from wasp like creatures (hence the super family of Vespoidea) 110 and 130 million years ago.

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A carpenter ant (Camponotus sp). image: Muhammad Mahdi Karim wikipedia

Ants have a typical body plan with distinctive bent antennae and often large gaster (rear) 


The anatomy of a typical worker ant. image: wikipedia

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