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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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Nearby Sightings

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Philobota impletella at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018 Neolucia agricola at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018 Myrmecia simillima at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018 Iridomyrmex purpureus at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018 Pollanisus sp. (genus) at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018 Amphibolurus muricatus at Carwoola, NSW - 23 Sep 2017 Eriophora sp. (genus) at Carwoola, NSW - 15 Mar 2017 Nephila edulis at Carwoola, NSW - 15 Mar 2017 Ischnura aurora at Carwoola, NSW - 29 Oct 2016 Amphibolurus muricatus at Carwoola, NSW - 26 Oct 2016
Philobota impletella at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018
Neolucia agricola at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018
Myrmecia simillima at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018
Iridomyrmex purpureus at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018
Pollanisus sp. (genus) at Cuumbeun Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018
Amphibolurus muricatus at Carwoola, NSW - 23 Sep 2017
Eriophora sp. (genus) at Carwoola, NSW - 15 Mar 2017
Nephila edulis at Carwoola, NSW - 15 Mar 2017
Ischnura aurora at Carwoola, NSW - 29 Oct 2016
Amphibolurus muricatus at Carwoola, NSW - 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
  • Website Reported via
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