Name: Siafu Ant (Dorylus)
Other names: driver ants, safari ants
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Life Cycle: Seasonally, when food supplies become short, they leave the hill and form marching columns of up to 50,000,000 ants, which are considered a menace to people, though they can be easily avoided; a column can only travel about 20 meters in an hour. It is for those unable to move, or when the columns pass through homes, that there is the greatest risk. Their presence is, conversely, beneficial to certain human communities, such as the Maasai, as they perform a pest prevention service in farming communities, consuming the majority of other crop-pests, from insects to large rats. Thus they are a form of natural pest control. For example, driver ants prey on larvae of the African sugarcane borer, a pest moth in sub-Saharan Africa.
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