Outline of ants

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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to ants:

Antssocial insects with elbowed antennae and a distinctive node-like structure that forms a slender waist. Ants are of the family Formicidae and evolved from wasp-like ancestors in the mid-Cretaceous period between 110 and 130 million years ago, diversifying after the rise of flowering plants. More than 12,500 out of an estimated total of 22,000 species have been classified.

Essence of ants[edit]

Main articles: Ants and Myrmecology

Biological classification[edit]

Further information: Biological classification

Kinds of ants[edit]

Main article: Ant

Subfamilies[edit]

Cladogram of ant subfamilies:



Leptanillinae



Amblyoponinae



Paraponerinae



Agroecomyrmecinae



Ponerinae



Proceratiinae






Ecitoninae



Aenictinae




Dorylini



Aenictogitoninae





Cerapachyinae*



Leptanilloidinae







Dolichoderinae



Aneuretinae





Pseudomyrmecinae



Myrmeciinae







Ectatomminae



Heteroponerinae




Myrmicinae



Formicinae






History of ants[edit]

Main article: History of ants

General myrmecology concepts[edit]

Myrmecologists[edit]

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