Black Hag

Black Hag

Observation - Black Hag - Southern Africa. Description: A large [12mm] shiny black ant that often hunts in small packs of two or three individuals; can be superficially mistaken for a Camponotus because the 'ringbum' commonly associated with Ponerines is not so prominent in this species. The genus used to be '

A large [12mm] shiny black ant that often hunts in small packs of two or three individuals; can be superficially mistaken for a Camponotus because the 'ringbum' commonly associated with Ponerines is not so prominent in this species. The genus used to be 'Hagensia', then was revised to 'Pachycondyla', now has [to most myrmecophiles] reverted to 'Hagensia' again - although some entos still disagree. These hunters tend to drag their prey back to their nests rather than eating them on the spot, so they might be superficially involved in myrmecochory. The colonies are very small with ergatoid queens. These ants can sting quite painfully if you pick em up without due care ... More at www.ants.org.za