• Green Ant

    27 Dec 2015
    Green Ant

    Scientific Name Oecophylla smaragdina Appearance Also known as the Weaver Ant, the Green Ant is typically Green bodied with a large round Green abdomen. The Green Ant is ferociously protective and will defend and guard up to 100 metres from their woven nests. When in attack or defence mode, the Green Ant will raise it's abdomen in an aggressive stance and inflict a nasty bite. The soldiers will [...]

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    Meat Ant

    27 Dec 2015
    Meat Ant

    Scientific Name Iridomyrmex spp. Appearance The Meat Ant or Gravel Ant is a very large species of ant at around 14mm long. It is typically red and black and has very large mandibles. Lifecycle Like most ants, it undergoes a complete metamorphisis during it's development taking around 38-44 days. The Queen produces eggs which hatch into larvae that looks like a whitish coloured grub. The larvae are[...]

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    Carpenter Ant

    Scientific Name Camponotus spp. Appearance The Carpenter Ant does not get around with a tool belt and a hammer! The Carpenter is a very large ant between 7-12mm long with varying colours from very dark black to chocolate brownish depending on the species. They have a very smooth rounded thorax with a circle of tiny hairs at the end of the abdomen. The workers have very large mandibles, given the [...]

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    Odorous Ant

    27 Dec 2015
    Odorous Ant

    Scientific Name Iridomyrmex spp. Appearance The Meat Ant or Gravel Ant is a very large species of ant at around 14mm long. It is typically red and black and has very large mandibles. Lifecycle Like most ants, it undergoes a complete metamorphisis during it's development taking around 38-44 days. The Queen produces eggs which hatch into larvae that looks like a whitish coloured grub. The larvae are[...]

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    Black House Ant

    Scientific Name Ochetellus spp. Appearance The Black House Ant has a well described name as it is shiny black in colour around 2.5-3mm long. Lifecycle Like most ants, it undergoes a complete metamorphisis during it's development taking around 38-44 days. The Queen produces eggs which hatch into larvae that looks like a whitish coloured grub. The larvae are completely looked after by the colony and[...]

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    Ghost Ants

    27 Dec 2015
    Ghost Ants

    Scientific name Tapinoma melanocephalum Appearance Very small with dark head and thorax, pale coloured legs and abdomen. Workers are 1.3-1.5mm long. The Ghost Ant is related to the Oderous Ant and similarly when crushed produces an odour similar to coconut oil. Lifecycle The Queen lays the eggs which go through the complete metamorphosis and become colony members. Habitat Very common pest of homes[...]

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    Pharoah Ants

    Scientific name Monomorium pharaonis Appearance Light brown to darker brown very similar in appearance to the Coastal Brown Ant without the large headed workers. A small ant 1.5-2mm long. Lifecycle Due to the fact that there are multiple queens the colony numbers can grow very quickly. Fertile queens lay the eggs which hatch into larvae then to pupae and finally into the ant. A queen will live for[...]

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    Coastal Brown Ants

    Scientific Name: Phediole megacephala Appearance Often called the big headed ant. As the name suggests they are brown in colour and are between 1.5 and 2.4mm in length. They have 2 castes of workers, major and minor. The major worker has an enlarged head and is sometimes referred to as a soldier. The large dark head has a set of jaws which are used as a “nut cracker”. They crack hard seed pods[...]

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    Ants

    27 Dec 2015
    Ants

    Ants are a fascinating insect, there have been movies made about them and lots of documentaries as well. Australia is home to a diverse number of species with about 3000 recorded.  The main pest ants in Townsville and the North of the State are:- Coastal Brown ant, Pharoah’s ant, Black house ant, Ghost ant, Whitefooted house ant. There are a number of others that are considered to be a casual [...]

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