Polyrhachis dives


Common name: The Golden Weaver Ant.

    Workers of this species are 6-8 mm in size and have an attractive golden sheen on their abdomen. They build arboreal nests made from pieces of plant debris, held together with silk spun from their larvae. The nest is usually located low down attached to the stems of plants / shrubs in thick vegetation. In captivity they will also build their nests attached to stones and pieces of bark. In captivity some substrate debris in the form of dried grass / wood shavings / moss etc needs to be provided to enable them to construct a nest.
    Queens are 8-10 mm and can found colonies independently. They will often raise their first brood in a curled up leaf, but once they get about 50 workers they will start to create a carton like nest. Mature colonies will accept new queens back into the nest and in time become quite large.
    They are easy to feed taking dead insects and sweet substances.
    This is an easy species to keep and good for displaying in natural habitat set ups.