Black, dark brown, or yellow body; raised abdomen to avoid the hot sand; long legs to run and forage quickly under the hot sun. Unlike most ant species, the desert ant is a solitary forager. After foraging in random patterns, it finds its way back to the nest without scent trails, even in the absence of landmarks. It orients itself with the sky’s light patterns and determines distances by counting its steps.
Avoids the hot sand by running. Stops on cooler rocks or in shady spots. Jumps off tall plants after foraging, controlling its fall and landing.
Desert and dry regions with some vegetation, including Wadi Mujib, Wadi Dana, and Wadi Araba.