How Big Is The World’s Biggest Ant?

The Biggest Living Ant image of Order:Hymenoptera Family:Formicidae Genus:Dorylus Species:Dorylus gribodoi Specimen:casent0172627 View:dorsal
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The biggest living ant in the world today is the Queen Driver Ant which can grow up to 5 cm in length (1.96 inches).

Dorylus, also known as Driver Ants, Safari Ants, or Siafu, is a large genus of army ants found primarily in central and east Africa, [source].

The Biggest Ant Ever

By Simon Fraser University Public Affairs and Media RelationsAnt compared to the size of a hummingbirdUploaded by FunkMonk, CC BY 2.0, Link

The biggest fossil of an ant, Titanomyrma, was 6 cm (2.36 inches) in length [source]. This prehistoric queen had a wingspan of 15 cm (5.9 inches).

Other Big Ants


The female Giant Amazonian Ant can grow to 4 cm (1.6 inches) in total body length [source].

The Giant Bull Ant can also grow up to 4 cm (1.6 inches) [source].

The Bullet Ant can get up to  3 cm (1.18 inches) [source].

Most species of “regular ants” are only .5 – 1.5 cm (.19 – .59 inches) in length.

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  1. Mark R says:

    Apparently that sting lasts up to24 hours. The tarantula hawk wasp’s sting issupposed to be as bad, but only last three minutes……

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