Photo 1. White-footed ant, Technomyrmex species, tending an infestation of Icerya seychellarum on avocado for their honeydew.
Photo 2. White-footed ant, Technomyrmex species, tending an infestation of mealybugs on noni (Morinda citrifolia) for their honeydew.
White-footed ant; white-footed house ant.
Technomyrmex albipes. Identification of the ant requires expert examination as there are several other species that are similar. Many specimens previously identified as Technomyrmex albipes have subsequently been reidentified as Technomyrmex difficilis (difficult white-footed ant) or as Technomyrmex vitiensis (Fijian white-footed ant), which also occurs worldwide.
AUTHOR Grahame Jackson
Information from Technomyrmex albipes. Wikipedia. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Technomyrmex_albipes); and Technomyrmex difficilis (=albipes) Entomology & Nematology. UF/IFAS, University of Florida (http://entnemdept.ufl.edu/creatures/urban/ants/white-footed_ant.htm); and Pacific Invasive Ant Toolkit. (http://www.piat.org.nz/problem-ants/common-invasive-ants/white-footed-ants); and Technomyrmex albipes. AntWiki. (http://www.antwiki.org/wiki/Technomyrmex_albipes); and from Technomyrmex albipes (2018) Global Invasive Species Database. (http://www.iucngisd.org/gisd/speciesname/Technomyrmex+albipes). Photos 1&2 Randolf Thaman, University of the South Pacific, Fiji. Photos 3-5 April Nobile from Antweb. (https://www.antweb.org/bigPicture.do?name=casent0178469&number=1&shot=p).
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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