Will they visit?: Black Ants are a common around home gardens
Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region
Ochetellus glaber – anthonypaul (CC BY-NC 4.0)
Ochetellus glaber – andrew_allen (CC BY-NC 4.0)
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
Habitat Guide - Shelter
Black Ants love to climb and prefer to forage in groups in the canopy. They will also live in a good layer of mulch, under lawns, and in ground cover.
Habitat Guide - Food and Water
Providing natural sources of food
Black Ants eat many types of food including nectar, pollen, fungi, and other small invertebrates. Some species provide care for the caterpillars of native butterflies. Plant wattles, banksia, and other flowering native to provide foraging habitat for native ants.
Providing sources of water
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!