Pest Solutions of Tampa Bay
Medium Sized, mostly shining ant with heart shaped abdomen that is often bent up over the thorax when ant is disturbed. Color variable from light reddish brown to brown or black. Slow to moderately fast moving ant. May forge in tight foraging trails similar to white-footed ant trails, but only acrobat ant bends the abdomen up over the thorax. Acrobat ants also run slower than white-footed ants when disturbed.
Nest Sites & Characteristics
Arboreal ant, nesting in branches and stems and other cavities of trees and shrubs, rotten logs and stumps. In houses they will nest in damaged woods of porches, eaves, etc. Single queen per nest, but colonies occupy multiple nest sites. These ants are uncommon indoor and control should focus on limiting there access to structures.
2.6-3.2 mm (1/10-1/8 in) long. A pair of spines on propodium. Two-segmented petiole, first segment wide at front. Hanging gaster where postpetiole is attached to dorsal surface of gaster base. Gaster more convex ventrally than dorsally and with pointed end. Sting not always exerted. Subfamily Myrmicinae.