Brown Ants

Brown Ant
Brown Ant
(Pheidole megacephala)

Brown ants are shiny and light to dark brown in colour. Workers are 1.5-3.0 mm and soldiers 3.5-4.5 mm with large heads and powerful jaws. They give a relatively painless sting and are an introduced species.

These ants generally nest outside around paths and rockeries, where trails may be seen. In an infestation they are often located in the walls of houses, in wall crevices and behind skirtings.

They prefer food of animal origin, including dead insects, meat and grease. There are multiple queens in each nest and nests are characterized by a number of interconnected holes.

 

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