Pyramid Ant

Category: Ants

Scientific Name: Conomyrma spp. (formerly Dorymyrmex)


Color: Body is brown to reddish black or red

Size: Body is 1.5 to 3 mm long

Region: Found throughout the US

Pyramid Ant

Important Considerations:

  • This ant likes to nest in soil, generally in sunny areas
  • Mature colonies are small to average in size and contain up to a few thousand individuals
  • These ants only have one queen per colony
  • For food, they are fond of honeydew and will also eat honeydew-producing insects such as aphids
  • They are very carnivorous and will feed on dead and living insects

Where to Find Them on Your Property?

You can find Pyramid Ants in dry and sunny areas, such as in soil, lawns, pastures, and sandy or bare areas. They can build numerous nests, making ugly bare areas on lawns. They are not known to build nests inside structures but sometimes will forage inside structures for food. These ants feed on a variety of foods but do tend to show a preference for sweets. Common entry points to look out for if they are foraging are windows, door frames, weep holes, etc.