Crazy Ant Identification Resources (crazyants)

Crazy Ant Identification

Resources to help you identify crazy ants found in Nebraska .

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Crazy Ant Identification (One Node Ant)

Crazy Ant (Paratrechina longicornis)

Crazy Ant

Paratrechina longicornis

Crazy Ant Workers are Small

Description of Workers:Small workers about 1/8-inch (3 mm). The body has long coarse hairs. These ants are easily recognized by extremely long legs and antenna. Crazy ants get their name because they seem to run erratically with no apparent sense of direction


Crazy ants often nest in soil of potted tropical plants. It does not survive outdoors in northern climates, but can be a persistent pest when established indoors.

The information on this Web site is valid for residents of southeastern Nebraska. It may or may not apply in your area. If you live outside southeastern Nebraska, visit your local Extension office


  • Ant illustrations were developed by Vicki Jedlicka, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County
  • Photo courtesy of Photographer: April Nobile

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