Ferguson's Sugar Ant
Minor Worker: Head
Black-headed Sugar Ant
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)|
|Family:||Modern Ant (Ant: Formicidae Formicinae)|
|Species:||Ferguson's Sugar Ant (Camponotus fergusoni)|
|This Photo:||Minor Worker: Petiol|
Thank you Kate Sandiford for confirming the identification of this species
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
Minor Worker, ~7mm long.
Covered in fine pubescence.
Narrow face, tapering slightly at the bottom.
Vertex: straight. It does look a bit concave in the middle.
Partially red petiole and propodeum, both of which also have an unusual (unique?) raised lip on their posterior surface.
Otherwise black all over.
The gaster is covered in golden hair, which is why we noticed the ant compared with other black sugar ants in the first place. It seems to be in the holotype photo's as well, but not mentioned.