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 Tramp ant (Cardiocondyla venustula)




Tramp ant | Cardiocondyla venustula photo
Profile view of ant Cardiocondyla venustula

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Tramp ant | Cardiocondyla venustula photo
Dorsal view of ant Cardiocondyla venustula

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Tramp ant | Cardiocondyla venustula photo
Head view of ant Cardiocondyla venustula

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TRAMP ANT FACTS

Description
Cardiocondyla venustula is a tiny dark brown tramp ant that is only about two millimetres in length. It is an invasive species that has been introduced from Africa, but since it does not spread in large numbers and is not harmful to people, it is not generally treated as a pest species. They live in fairly small colonies with several hundreds ants in a nest in the ground that usually has two or three entrances.

Size
about 2mm to 3mm

Environment
feeds on variety of foods including dead insects and sugary secretions.

Food
feeds on variety of foods including dead insects and sugary secretions.

Range
Cardiocondyla venustula is native to Africa. It has been introduced to the United States where it is found in the south east including Florida and Louisiana. It has also been introduced to Hawaii.

Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Hymenoptera
Family:Formicidae
Genus:Cardiocondyla
Species:venustula
Common Name:Tramp ant