Green Ant

Green Ant Bites, Facts, Habitat, Lifespan, Treatment, Get rid, Why do they look green, what do they eat and how to treat their stings etc are discussed here.

Green Ant

Green Ant or say Green-headed ant gets its name from the fact that its head is somewhat green in color. Its also known from the name “Metallic Pony Ant”. Green Ants are found in Australia and those are endemic to Australia. More details on how Green Ant look, what they eat, where they live and how can we keep them away etc topics are discussed here in details.

What Are Green Ants

Green Ant has the scientific name as Rhytidoponera Metallica. These ants belong to Rhytidoponera genus in Insecta class. They were first documented by a British entomologist names Frederick Smith in the year 1858. They are known for their metallic look.

Green Ant

Green Ant Characteristics

Scientific NameRhytidoponera Metallica
Size5-7 mm
Max Age
Venom Type

Green Ant Facts

  • Green ants have the metallic appearance.
  • These species are endemic to Australia.
  • Green Ant size varies from 5-7 mm.
  • Queen and Workers in Green Ants are of same size and male are smaller.
  • Their color variation goes from green to purple and even reddish.
  • Except for Tasmania, they are found in all parts of Australia.
  • Green ants can live in deserts, woodland, urban areas and even in forests.

What Do Green Ant Look Like

Green Ants are Monomorphic in nature and their size varies from 5-7 mm. Their color varies from green-blue to green purple. They have metallic color with head, thorax, and abdomen. Most commonly their head is green behind the eyes and their body looks rusty.

Green Ant facts

Green Ant Bites | Green Ant Sting

Green Ant is known for its extremely painful stinger and it is really venomous. Green Ant sting can cause anaphylactic shock in subjects who are more sensitive to stings. They are so dangerous that they are used for pest control as they kill moths, termites, and beetles.

Where Do Green Ant Live

The habitat of Green ants include forests, deserts, urban area, woodlands. They make their nests below shrubs, twigs, logs, and stones. In some places, they are even found occupying termite colonies as their nest. They are spread all over Australia and in some parts of New Zealand.

What Do Green Ants Eat

Green Ant diet includes a vast range of food including seeds, moths, termites, beetles, dead animals, honeydew, small arthropods etc. Their sting is so much power that they are not affected the by presence of any other killer ant species.

Green Ant species

Green Ant Lifespan

In green ants, the male can mate with the workers. Workers first attack male when they first encounter with them but somehow male does attach himself. Worker ants can also form colony but inside the nest only.

Green Ant Bite Treatment

There are a few treatments you can do to overcome green ant bite

  1. Apply vinegar on the area where green Ant stung.
  2. Put some ice on the affected area, it will help to reduce itching and swelling.
  3. It may sound gross, but spitting on the sting can help.
  4. Buy Benthapan/sudo cream and apply on the affected area.

How To Get Rid Of Green Ant

  • Granular Ant Bait

This is one of the most used methods to get rid of Green ants. You can buy any Granular Ant Bait and spread it around the nest. Worker ants will carry the Granular Ant Bait to the colony and feed that to all of the members. Every Ant who will eat this bait will diet in a period of time. Most of the ants will diet within two weeks and your garden will be clean again.

How To Kill Green Ants

  • Call a pest Treatment service

If you are one of those who doesn’t want to step near the nest but still want to kill them all, then you should call a pest treatment service in your area. Most of these services guarantee 3-month prevention.

  • Hot water treatment

Boil the water (Tap Water) and pour 3-4 liter in the nest. this will kill 70-80 percent of Green ants in minutes.

These are the details of the little metallic beasts commonly known as Green Ants. If you are interested to look into more Ant Species then check out: Ant Species

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