The banded sugar ant (Camponotus consobrinus) is a species of ant
endemic to Australia. A member of the genus Camponotus in the subfamily
Formicinae, it was described by German entomologist Wilhelm Ferdinand
Erichson in 1842. Its common name refers to the ant's preference for
sweet food, as well as the distinctive orange-brown band around its
gaster. The ant is polymorphic and relatively large, with castes called
major workers (soldiers) and minor workers. Ants in these groups measure
around 5 to 15 millimetres (0.20 to 0.59 inches) in length. Mainly
nocturnal, banded sugar ants prefer a mesic habitat, and are commonly
found in forests and woodlands; they are also found in urban areas,
where they are considered a household pest. The ant's diet includes
sweet secretions they obtain from aphids and other insects. Workers prey
on some insects, killing them with a spray of formic acid. Banded sugar
ants are prey for other ants, echidnas, and birds. The eggs of this
species were consumed by Australian Aborigines.
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