Also commonly known as Sugar ant, stink ant and odorous house ant, Tapinoma sessile is a species of small ant. Their colonies consist of multiple nests and contain multiple reproducing queens.
These ants can be found in a huge diversity of habitats, including within houses. They forage mainly for honeydew, which is produced by insects like aphids and scales, as well as floral nectar and other sugary foods.
They are common household pests and are attracted to sources of water and sweets
- Brown to black in colour
- 5 to 3.2mm long
- Odour produced on crushing these ants give its common name as coconut ant
- Colonies can be as large as 10000 in size.