Story: Ants

Eating a wood louse

Eating a wood louse

These native ants are scavenging the remains of a wood louse. Ants are aggressive predators and opportunistic scavengers. They forage to get the most food for the colony, while expending the least amount of energy.

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John Early, 'Ants - What are ants?', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 13 August 2022)

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