Acrobat ants get their name from their ability to acrobatically raise their abdomen over their thorax and head as if they were performing a balancing act, especially when disturbed. Best viewed from above, the abdomen is shaped like a heart.
Most acrobat ants are black to light brown, but a few are multicolored with the head or abdomen darker than the rest of the body. Most species are small - 1/16 to 1/8 inches long. They vary in color from yellowish brown to dark brown, and the heart-shaped abdomen is usually darker than the rest of the body. These ants, which are actually several species, will bite on occasion and may give off a repulsive odor when disturbed.
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