Appearance

  • About 18 - 20mm long.
  • Tends to be red or black.


Lifecycle

  • When a Queen starts to nest she digs a small chamber to lay her eggs in. There is one Queen

         ant that lays all the eggs and one or only a few males that are just there to mate with the Queen.

  • The ant’s life cycle passes through egg, larva, pupa and adult phases.
  • Almost every ant is born female. The eggs hatch into small grubs, which grow into a particular caste (most are workers, then soldiers).
  • The Queen Bull Ant leaves the nest at night to forage and supplement the food supply for her progeny (baby bull ants).
  • The Queen may live for several years.


Habits

  • Very aggressive (if a nest is disturbed, there will be a massive outpouring attack).
  • Bulldog Ants typically nests outdoor in soil and under logs and rocks.
  • Located mostly in bushy areas (they seldom enter buildings).
  • They can inflict a very painful sting to humans.
  • The stinger does not remain in the victim, so the Bull Ant can sting repeatedly.
  • They feed on other insects and things such as honeydew from scale insects or plant nectar.
  • Each ant belongs to a specific caste and has a specific job to do (there are worker ants, soldier ants, the Queen and the Male – who mates with the Queen).

bulldog ANTS  (Myrmecia )

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