Story: Ants

Worker ants and pupae

Worker ants and pupae

These native worker ants are feeding pupae (the yellow tubes) in their underground nest. Many worker ants specialise in feeding the colony’s larvae and pupae. As long as enough food is being brought in, more larvae and pupae can be fed, and the colony can keep reproducing indefinitely.

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John Early, 'Ants - Native species', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 January 2022)

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