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White-footed house ants

White-footed house ants

The white-footed house ant (Technomyrmex jocsus) is an introduced species in New Zealand. These foraging ants are searching for food for the colony, which can easily be traced along the trail. This species was first documented in Nelson in 1921 and is now well established both indoors and outside in warmer northern parts of the country. In southern New Zealand it appears to be restricted to indoors. Ants that invade houses are more likely to be introduced, rather than native species.

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John Early, 'Ants - Introduced ants', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 January 2022)

Story by John Early, published 24 Sep 2007, updated 3 Aug 2015