Animal Species:Sugar Ant

Sugar Ants are relatively large ants with an orange-brown middle and black head and abdomen.

A single Sugar Ant

Andrew Donnelly © Australian Museum

Standard Common Name

Sugar Ant

Size range

5 mm - 15 mm

Distribution

Sugar Ants are found throughout Australia.

Habitat

Sugar ants live in urban areas, forests and woodlands, and heath.

Feeding and Diet

The Sugar Ant's name comes from a liking for sugar, but they are attracted to any sweet food. They are omnivores and can be seen foraging under street or house lights during the summer months. They also collect nectar and other secretions from plants, as well as honeydew from aphids and other plant-eating invertebrates such as caterpillars.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Sugar Ants tend aphids much like farmers tend their stock, moving them around and protecting them from predators.

Classification

Species:
consobrinus
Genus:
Camponotus
Subfamily:
Formicinae
Family:
Formicidae
Superfamily:
Vespoidea
Suborder:
Apocrita
Order:
Hymenoptera
Class:
Insecta
Subphylum:
Uniramia
Phylum:
Arthopoda
Kingdom:
Animalia

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