Southern timid ant

Southern timid ant

Observation - Southern timid ant - Southern Africa. Description: The Monomoriums or Timid ants are seldom seen and poorly known, apart from the invasive Pharaoh's ant [Monomorium pharaonis]. They live in small colonies, often in leaf litter or under stones. The Southern timid ant illustrated can easily be confused wit

The Monomoriums or Timid ants are seldom seen and poorly known, apart from the invasive Pharaoh's ant [Monomorium pharaonis]. They live in small colonies, often in leaf litter or under stones. The Southern timid ant illustrated can easily be confused with Pheidole ants, but the absence of big-headed major ants gives them away. They appear to be able to survive invasion by Argentine ants and I have found them in my Zandvlei garden. This species can be distinguished under the microscope by the few pairs of bristles on the petiole nodes and the gaster segments. All Monomoriums have stings but are too small to cause harm to humans.