Size: From 1/8 inch (3.5mm) for a worker up to 1/4 inch (7mm) for a queen
Color: Reddish brown, abdomen is darker
Facts: Stinger is usually present and inflicts a painful sting.
Appearance: Reddish, about one-fourth inch long.
Habits: Nest in mounds of one to two feet in diameter and about one and one-half feet high; large colonies can have up to 250,000 workers; very active and aggressive; will sting any intruding animal repeatedly.
Diet: Omnivorous, known to eat meats, greasy and sweet materials.
Reproduction: Total time from egg to adult averages 30 days; workers live up to 180 days; queens live two to six years.
Other Information: Has been known to remove rubber insulation from telephone wires; sting is painful and can kill young wildlife.