Camponotus consobrinus Click to enlarge image
Sugar Ant, Camponotus consobrinus from the Royal National Park Image: Andrew Donnelly
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    consobrinus
    Genus
    Camponotus
    Subfamily
    Formicinae
    Family
    Formicidae
    Super Family
    Vespoidea
    Suborder
    Apocrita
    Order
    Hymenoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    5 mm - 15 mm

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

Habitat

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

Distribution

Sugar Ants are found throughout Australia.

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.