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Brown House Ant

Afrikaans name:

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Pheidole megacephala

Welcome to an insect that has been nominated as one of the 100 worst invasive species in the world! It is disputed as to whether they were first identified in Mauritius or Egypt but either way they have spread across the world. Although this species is called the Brown House Ant it doesn't often enter houses.

Unlike the similar Argentine Ant the Brown House Ant does not walk in lines in a follow-the-leader fashion.

The Brown House Ant do not seem as attracted to sweet foods as are many other species of ants, but they do make short work of dead or injured insects.



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