Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

Landcare-Research -Manaaki Whenua


Order: Hymenoptera
Family: Formicidae

Size range

  • Small to medium–sized insects, the bigger species up to 10 mm in length


  • New Zealand and introduced

Life History

  • Some species cause a nuisance in houses, in food, especially sweet, moist food
  • Some species prefer protein, such as cat food or dead insects
  • Nests are formed in the ground or in cavities in houses

Further information

Key to the ants of New Zealand »

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