Acropyga Ant

Official Name

Formicine Ants

Size

Length upto 5 mm

Color

Blacks and Dark browns.

Geographical Location

Found in the Americas, Southern Africa, India to Southeast Asia and Australia

Common Household Location

Gardens

Identifying Characteristics

  • Queens are very similar in general appearance to workers, though they always possess large, flat mesonota.
  • Males are more difficult to diagnose, though they always have 12 or fewer antennal segments, palp formulae less than 6:4, and large, prominent genitalia.

Official Name

Formicine Ants

Size

Length upto 5 mm

Color

Blacks and Dark browns.

Geographical Location

Found in the Americas, Southern Africa, India to Southeast Asia and Australia

Common Household Location

Gardens

Identifying Characteristics

  • Queens are very similar in general appearance to workers, though they always possess large, flat mesonota.
  • Males are more difficult to diagnose, though they always have 12 or fewer antennal segments, palp formulae less than 6:4, and large, prominent genitalia.

Notes

Acropyga is a genus of small formicine ants. Some species can be indirect pests. A. acutiventris, which is found from India to Australia, tends subterranean, root-feeding mealybugs of the species Xenococcus annandalei. Living, gravid females are carried in the jaws of A. Cutiventris queens during their nuptial flight, to establish the symbiotic association in founding colonies. Other Acropyga species have relationships with different species of mealybugs, and it could be a trait common to the whole genus. Acropyga are smaller than 3.5 millimetres (0.14 in), with a compact, stocky body. They have antennae with 10 or 11 segments (including the scape), short palps and reduced eyes with four to 30 individual ommatidia. In some species, the eyes are completely absent.