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Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)Iridomyrmex purpureus   

Meat Ant at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve

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Iridomyrmex purpureus at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018
Iridomyrmex purpureus at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018

Identification history

Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Iridomyrmex purpureus 26 Nov 2018 Jon Lewis
Unidentified 26 Nov 2018 Christine

Author's notes

Ant on left was carrying the larger (presumed dead??) ant on the right at a great speed across the leaf litter.

3 comments

Jon Lewis wrote:
   26 Nov 2018
The live meat ant, Iridomyrmex purpureus, is dragging a (yes, probably dead) major of Camponotus consobrinus
Christine wrote:
   26 Nov 2018
Thanks Jon, would the ant on the right be a different species? Being carried off for food?
Jon Lewis wrote:
   26 Nov 2018
Yes, it is a different species (Camponotus consobrinus) and will certainly be food.

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Philobota impletella (A concealer moth) at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018
Neolucia agricola (Fringed Heath-blue) at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018
Myrmecia simillima (A Bull Ant) at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018
Iridomyrmex purpureus (Meat Ant) at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018
Pollanisus sp. (genus) (A Forester Moth) at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018
Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Dragon) at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 23 Sep 2017
Backobourkia sp. (genus) (An orb weaver) at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 15 Mar 2017
Nephila edulis (Golden orb weaver) at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 15 Mar 2017
Ischnura aurora (Aurora Bluetail) at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 29 Oct 2016
Amphibolurus muricatus (Jacky Dragon) at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 26 Oct 2016

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 25 Nov 2018 1:44 PM Recorded on
  • Christine Recorded by
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