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Black Ants

Black Ants maybe a pest in the house, but are excellent to have if you want to attract native butterflies to the garden.

Other invertebrates Bushland Heathland

Noongar Names: Kirlar (Ants)

Scientific Name: Ochetellus spp.

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Threats: Not applicable

Will they visit?: Black Ants are a common around home gardens

Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Damplands, under logs, and in thick leaf litter.

Diet: Fruits, nectar, and pollen

Water: Not required

ReWild Benefit: Pest control, pollination

ReWild Benefits

Native ants are miniature ecosystem engineers. They pollinate, disperse seeds, care for young pollinators, and maintain soil health. If you find this busy ant, you can record your sighting on the Atlas of Living Australia!

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