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Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)Iridomyrmex sp. (genus)

Ant at Australian National University

Iridomyrmex sp. (genus) at Australian National University - 1 Dec 2018

Identification history

Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Iridomyrmex sp. (genus) 3 Dec 2018 Jon Lewis
Unidentified 2 Dec 2018 Alison Milton

2 comments

Jon Lewis wrote:
   3 Dec 2018
This ant is likely to be a "princess" who has mated and lost her wings, and is now looking for a place to dig a hole and start a new colony. It could be Iridomyrmex purpureus (Meat Ant) but can't be sure. The back of the ant is much bigger than an ordinary worker as it has big muscles to power the wings.
   3 Dec 2018
There were lots of meat ants around, with a nest nearby. I wasn't sure it was the same species as it looked so much different.

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Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 1 Dec 2018 10:55 AM Recorded on
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