August 15, 2015

Pyramid Ants

Nylanderia, the hairy crazy ant

The pyramid ant gets its common name from the pyramid projection on top of the thorax. Mature pyramid ant colonies are usually small to moderate in size, each containing one or more queens and up to a few thousand individuals.

Habits
In general, pyramid ants are highly carnivorous and predacious, readily feeding on live and dead insects. The foragers are particularly fond of honeydew and will herd honeydew-producing insects such as aphids (plantlice).

Habitat
Pyramid ants usually nest in dry, open and sunny areas, such as lawns, pastures and sandy/bare areas. They can also be found under objects on the soil. Pyramid ant nests usually have a single entrance hole and are often built near the nests of other ant species like harvester ants. Pyramid ants are not known to nest indoors, but they will occasionally forage for sweet foods in homes.

Threats
Pyramid ants do not have a stinger, but workers will occasionally bite if there are perceived threats to the colony.