Invader alert: Pharaoh ant

Invader alert: Pharaoh ant

Observation - Invader alert: Pharaoh ant - Southern Africa. Description: First collected in Egypt in 1758, hence the name. A seriously dangerous invader of temperate coastal regions around the world, the Pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis) was collected in Cape Town by Mayr as early as 1862; he corrected Linnaeus’s name Formica

First collected in Egypt in 1758, hence the name. A seriously dangerous invader of temperate coastal regions around the world, the Pharaoh ant (Monomorium pharaonis) was collected in Cape Town by Mayr as early as 1862; he corrected Linnaeus’s name Formica pharaonis to Monomorium pharaonis. Despite that it is not very commonly seen in Cape Town any more, and it may be that it cannot survive competition from the later Argentine invader, Linepithema humile. It is still found on the mountain fringe in Bishopscourt, Constantia and Tokai. Read more at www.ants.org.za