White Footed Ant Diet
Parasites on outdoor plants, such as aphids and scale insects, secrete honeydew. Honeydew is a popular food source for the white-footed ant. The White-footed Ants protect the parasites from predators, which results in increased damage to your plants. The ant also gets its sugar fix from the nectar of some trees and shrubs.
Vegetation favoured by the white-footed ant in the greater Wellington region is the Virginia Creeper, the Norfolk pine, and the camellia, citrus, Manuka and Pohutukawa tree. Occasionally you may find the ants feeding on dead insects, pet food or household food scraps, in these situations they are seeking protein.
Only one part of the colony forages for food and unlike most other species, they don’t regurgitate the food they have eaten to the non-foraging ants. Instead, they digest the food and produce trophic eggs (unfertilised eggs) that are consumed by the rest of the colony (adult and larvae), or stock piled for future use. These eggs are poison free, which is why bait will not eliminate white-footed ant colonies.