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Largest native ant

Largest native ant

New Zealand’s largest native ant, Pachycondyla castaneicolor, is 5.5–6.4 millimetres long. They are found mainly in the North Island, the northern South Island and on the West Coast. They prefer open habitats, and often build their nests under stones or in rotten logs.

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John Early, 'Ants - Native species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/13145/largest-native-ant (accessed 2 October 2020)

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