Ants

Ants are a problem for some gardeners. They will farm aphids for the honeydew they excrete by bringing them inside the nest and bringing them back out again when necessary. The ants will also eat ripe fruits, especially fruits like strawberries that lack a thick protective skin. Often they can be found on discarded chewing gum. Lasius niger also feed on insects and spiders, and other small invertebrates. In Ireland they are usually referred to as pismires, an archaic term for an ant.

The worker ants are about 3 millimetres long and can easily squeeze through cracks and holes no more than 1 millimetre in size. The ants are ranked among the world's 100 worst animal invaders.The queens seldom or never disperse in winged form. Instead, colonies reproduce by budding off into new units. As few as ten workers and a single queen can establish a new colony.

Worker ants vary from 5 to 15 millimetres. Their bodies are of a brownish-orange color, and have relatively large black heads, with protruding mandibles.A soldier ant is easily noticed by its fairly large body and mandibles compared to workers.Contrary to their name, the sugar ant does not primarily feed on sugary foods. Sugar ants are in fact omnivores, collecting nectar and other liquid secretions from plants, honeydew from aphids and other plant-eating invertebrates such as caterpillars.

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