The Giant Forest Ant (Camponotus gigas) is native to Southeast Asia. It is a forest species and can easily be seen in the Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Although these ants are active mostly at night, solitary worker ants can always be seen wandering on the forest floor and by forest paths and roads (see video below).
According to Wikipedia, these ants are one of the largest in the world. The body length of the workers measure 20.9 mm while that of soldiers 28.1 mm. Honeydew makes up 90% of their diet, but they will also consume insects and bird droppings. It has been reported that they farm cicadas to harvest the honeydew secreted by the latter. The nest is underground, usually at the base of trees or among fallen wood. The colony may number 7,000 workers housed in several nests.
26th January 2018
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