Animal Species:Green-head Ant
Green-head Ants are one of the most abundant and widespread of Australian insects.
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The metallic colour of Green-head Ants can vary from a green-blue to a green-purple sheen.
5 mm - 7 mm
Green-head Ants are found throughout Australia.
Green-head Ants live in urban areas, forests and woodlands, heath.
Feeding and Diet
Green-head Ants have a broad-ranging diet, but they generally feed on animal material both as scavengers and predators. They move quickly while foraging, which generally occurs during the day, on the ground and among vegetation.
Other behaviours and adaptations
Green-head Ants are able to colonise disturbed areas quickly and have become common in urban areas. These ants are one of the first insects to forage after bush fires and are sometimes found as soon as the embers have stopped smouldering.
Unlike many ants, rain presents no problem to Green-head Ants, as long as it is only a light shower in continued sunshine. In overcast, cloudy conditions these ants return to their nests, which are usually in soil, under twigs or wood and often at the base of shrubs.
Danger to humans and first aid
Green-head Ants can sting. An ice pack or commercially available spray may be used to relieve the pain of the sting. If there is evidence of an allergic reaction, medical attention should be sought.