The Southern ant may be the most common native ant in New Zealand. It is found all parts of the country and in most habitats. But it is not often a pest that will forage indoors.
Usually 3-5 mm in size these ants range in colour from honey brown to black. They don't follow trails but instead forage haphazardly. They feed on seeds, nectar and honeydew from sap-sucking insects. The queens and males grow wings for nuptial flights.
Flying Ants - Often referred to as alates, ants with wings are the female queens and male ants who grow wings, take the air for a nuptial flight to reproduce, and start new colonies. This happens in the form of swarms that can be of significant numbers. Read more.
Image by The photographer April Nobile and www.AntWeb.org, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8150821
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