Acrobat Ant

Crematogaster sp. ?

Crematogaster ant in the vicinity of Tambach, Kenya. Photo © by Michael Plagens

Observed at Tambach, Kenya, Africa. December 2012. Length about 3 mm. This one was feeding on plant sap oozing from injuries caused by piercing-sucking insects on Mauritius Thorn.

Crematogaster is a large genus of small ants that have a world-wide distribution and are easily recognized. Most are smaller than 4mm and have a tear-drop or heart-shaped abdomen that can be readily rotated and bent. They are very often encountered on trees and shrubs where they prey on small insects and feed also on sugary substances.

Formicidae -- Ant Family

More Information:

Kenya Natural History

Copyright Michael J. Plagens, page created 17 May 2013