Insects: termites and ants


Formosan Subterranean Termite (Coptotermes formosanus)
Lowland Tree Termite (Incisitermes immigrans)
West Indian Drywood Termite (Cryptotermes cavifrons)

White-footed Ant (Technomyrmex albipes)
Leptogenys Ant (Leptogenys falcigera)
Crazy Ant (Paratrechina bourbonica) ?
Liliuokalani Ant (Monomorium liliuokalanii)
Little Yellow Ant (Plagiolepis alluaudi)
Hawaiian Carpenter Ant (Camponotus variegatus)
Black House Ant (Ochetellus glaber)
Brown House Ant (Pheidole megacephala)
Cardiocondyla Ant (Cardiocondyla obscurior)
Paratrechina Ant (Paratrechina bourbonica)
Bicolored Trailing Ant (Monomorium floricola)
Ghost Ant (aka Black-headed Ant) (Tapinoma melanocephalum)

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Formosan Subterranean Termite
Accidentally introduced before 1869.  Originally from Taiwan or South China.



Lowland Tree Termite
This termite is native to Hawaii.



West Indian Dry Wood Termite
With wings.
After loss of wings.
The West Indian termite was probably introduced from tropical America before 1869.



White-footed Ant


Small ant about 1.5mm in length.



Leptogenys Ant

The body length of this ant is about 7 mm.



Crazy Ant
This ant is about 3mm long and runs very fast.



Liliuokalani Ant
Despite the Hawaiian name, this is a non-native ant.  This is a very small ant, about 1 mm long.



Little Yellow Ant
This ant is about 1mm long.  It is widespread in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. It is considered to be Afrotropical in origin and spread by human commerce.



Hawaiian Carpenter Ant
This is a very large ant, about 9 mm long.  Although not originally from Hawaii, this ant was first discovered and described in Hawaii. It is a wood eater, commonly found in houses in dry leeward areas of Hawaii.



Black House Ant
Close-up side view.
Dorsal and ventral view. This small ant is about 2 mm long.  It is thought to have come from Australia.



Brown House Ant (aka: Bigheaded ant; Big-Headed Ant; Lion Ant)
Ant soldier side view.  About 4 mm long.
Worker ant dorsal view.  Body length = 3mm.
Soldier and worker.
Pheidole megacephala is one of the world's worst invasive species. Believed to be native to southern Africa, it is now found throughout the temperate and tropical zones of the world. It is a serious threat to biodiversity through the displacement of native invertebrate fauna.



Cardiocondyla Ant
This small ant is about 2 mm long. This is a tropical ant that is widespread and thought to originate in Africa.



Paratrechina Ant
Side view.
Dorsal view. Body of this ant is about 3 mm long.



Bicolored Trailing Ant




Body length about 2 mm.




Ghost Ant (aka Black-headed Ant)

This is a very small ant with a body size of about 1.5 mm.

Tapinoma melanocephalum is known as a tramp ant as its spread around the globe has been assisted by human activities.