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Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)Iridomyrmex purpureus

Meat Ant at Red Hill Nature Reserve

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Iridomyrmex purpureus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 23 Dec 2018
Iridomyrmex purpureus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 23 Dec 2018

Identification history

Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Iridomyrmex purpureus 25 Dec 2018 KimPullen
Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Iridomyrmex purpureus 24 Dec 2018 MichaelMulvaney
Unidentified 23 Dec 2018 JackyF

Author's notes

Following on from my inconclusive sighting of 16 December, here is a close-up photo of same ants in same sapling. They are tending small orange lerp-like growths and the ones on the left are tending small black and white objects like tiny insects. The ants look like meat ants. Hairstreak butterflies and pupae were sighted on this sapling last summer.

2 comments

KimPullen wrote:
   25 Dec 2018
The 'small black and white objects' appear to be psyllids and may be a species of Acizzia, many of which are known Acacia feeders.
JackyF wrote:
   26 Dec 2018
Thank you. Sorry I could not get a better photo.

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Zizina otis (Common Grass-blue) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 16 May 2019
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 16 May 2019
Dacelo novaeguineae (Laughing Kookaburra) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 16 May 2019
Pardalotus punctatus (Spotted Pardalote) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 6 May 2019
Pyrrholaemus sagittata (Speckled Warbler) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 6 May 2019
Petroica boodang (Scarlet Robin) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 22 Apr 2019
Eriophora sp. (genus) (Garden orb weaver) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 6 Apr 2019
Tachinidae sp. (family) (Unidentified Bristle fly) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 21 Mar 2019
Myiagra rubecula (Leaden Flycatcher) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Mar 2019
Anthela varia (Varied anthelid) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Mar 2019
Zanda funereus (Yellow-tailed Black-Cockatoo) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 16 Mar 2019
Rhipidura fuliginosa (Grey Fantail) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 11 Mar 2019
Jalmenus ictinus (Stencilled Hairstreak) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 3 Feb 2019
Neochmia temporalis (Red-browed Finch) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 31 Jan 2019
Pardalotus punctatus (Spotted Pardalote) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 31 Jan 2019
Jalmenus ictinus (Stencilled Hairstreak) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 11 Jan 2019
Jalmenus ictinus (Stencilled Hairstreak) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 11 Jan 2019
Neochmia temporalis (Red-browed Finch) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 9 Jan 2019
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus (Satin Bowerbird) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 6 Jan 2019
Jalmenus ictinus (Stencilled Hairstreak) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 27 Dec 2018
Jalmenus ictinus (Stencilled Hairstreak) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 26 Dec 2018
Accipiter fasciatus (Brown Goshawk) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Dec 2018
Corcorax melanorhamphos (White-winged Chough) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Dec 2018
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus (Satin Bowerbird) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Dec 2018
Chrysocephalum semipapposum (Clustered Everlasting) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 24 Nov 2018
Acacia mearnsii (Black Wattle) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 14 Nov 2018
Goniaea sp. (genus) (TBC) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 3 Nov 2018
Anthochaera carunculata (Red Wattlebird) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 27 Oct 2018
Clania lewinii (Lewin's case moth) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 8 Sep 2018
Zosterops lateralis (Silvereye) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 29 Aug 2018
Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 2 Apr 2018
Gymnorhina tibicen (Australian Magpie) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 2 Apr 2018
Corcorax melanorhamphos (White-winged Chough) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 2 Apr 2018
Egernia cunninghami (Cunningham's Skink) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 23 Mar 2018
Rhipidura fuliginosa (Grey Fantail) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 27 Feb 2018
Tachyglossus aculeatus (Short-beaked Echidna) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 3 Feb 2018
Jalmenus ictinus (Stencilled Hairstreak) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 15 Jan 2018
Dacelo novaeguineae (Laughing Kookaburra) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 20 Dec 2017
Corvus coronoides (Australian Raven) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 10 Dec 2017
Pardalotus punctatus (Spotted Pardalote) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 10 Dec 2017
Dacelo novaeguineae (Laughing Kookaburra) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 29 Aug 2017
Swainsona sericea (Silky swainson-pea) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 5 Oct 2016

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  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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