Animal Species:Golden-spined Ant

Golden-spined or Golden Ants have a metallic sheen to their body, which is covered in golden hairs.

Golden-spined Ant

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Golden-spined Ant

Alternative Name/s

Golden Ant

Identification

Golden-spined Ants have a strangely spined thorax, probably used in defence against predators.

Size range

8 mm - 11 mm

Distribution

Golden-spined Ants are found throughout Australia.

Habitat

Found in urban areas, forests and woodlands, heath, Golden-spined Ants often nest in sand at the base of shrubs and trees.

Seasonality

Many Golden-spined Ants stay in their nest during wet or extremely hot periods.

Feeding and Diet

Golden-spined Ants are omnivores. They collect nectar and pollen from a wide range of plants including eucalypts and acacias. They also collect dew from these plants early in the morning. They forage as individuals and can be seen on food-collecting missions at most times and in most weather conditions.

Classification

Species:
ammon
Genus:
Polyrhachis
Subfamily:
Formicinae
Family:
Formicidae
Superfamily:
Vespoidea
Suborder:
Apocrita
Order:
Hymenoptera
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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