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Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)Rhytidoponera metallica

1 Greenhead ant at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve

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Rhytidoponera metallica at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018
Rhytidoponera metallica at Tidbinbilla Nature Reserve - 25 Nov 2018

Identification history

Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Rhytidoponera metallica 2 Dec 2018 Jon Lewis
Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Dolichoderus scabridus 2 Dec 2018 SWishart

Author's notes

The ants looked to be interacting with the other insect (a scale?) on the branch rather than just walking over them

1 comment

Jon Lewis wrote:
   2 Dec 2018
Hi SWishart, while not very metallic looking in the photo, the ants are very likely Rhytidoponera metallica. Sometimes they are very brightly metallic, other times just have a sheen. The ants were probably collecting honeydew from the other insects, which I think are some kind of leaf hopper (I'm sure someone will know!). Cheers, Jon

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Paralucia aurifer at Tidbinbilla - 24 Jan 2018
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Viola sp. at Tidbinbilla - 15 Oct 2017
Caladenia sp. at Tidbinbilla - 15 Oct 2017
Geitoneura acantha at Tidbinbilla - 31 Jan 2017
Heteronympha penelope at Tidbinbilla - 31 Jan 2017
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Ramaria sp. at Tidbinbilla - 19 May 2016
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Polystichum proliferum at Tidbinbilla - 7 Nov 2015
Clematis aristata at Tidbinbilla - 1 Nov 2014

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 16 - 100 Abundance
  • 25 Nov 2018 10:28 AM Recorded on
  • SWishart Recorded by
  • Website Reported via
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