Elongate Twig Ant
Pest Solutions of Tampa Bay
Larger, slender, solitary ant often seen on vegetation. Almost wasp-like in appearence and movement (quick, short dashes). Bicolored, head and gaster dark (mauve to black), rest of body with dull orange and dark shading. Large, Oval eyes. Darts quickly around branches if collection is attempted. Other smaller yellow or blackish pseudomyrmex species occur in Florida.
Nest Sites & Characteristics
Single queen per nest. Nests are small and contain few individuals. Nest in hollow twigs and dried grasses barely wide enough for two or three ants to pass one another, Single small entrance. Often nests high up in large trees. Ants usually encountered by gardeners while pruning or trimming shrubs and trees. Sting can be painful.
8-10 mm long (5/16 - 2/5 in), bicolored. Two segmented petiole. Twelve - segmented antennae. Scattered erect hairs on head and body, Subfamily Pseudomyrmecinae.