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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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Nearby Sightings

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Tachinidae sp. (family) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 21 Mar 2019
Myiagra rubecula at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Mar 2019
Anthela varia at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Mar 2019
Zanda funereus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 16 Mar 2019
Rhipidura fuliginosa at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 11 Mar 2019
Jalmenus ictinus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 3 Feb 2019
Neochmia temporalis at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 31 Jan 2019
Pardalotus punctatus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 31 Jan 2019
Jalmenus ictinus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 11 Jan 2019
Jalmenus ictinus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 11 Jan 2019
Neochmia temporalis at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 9 Jan 2019
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 6 Jan 2019
Jalmenus ictinus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 27 Dec 2018
Jalmenus ictinus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 26 Dec 2018
Accipiter fasciatus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Dec 2018
Corcorax melanorhamphos at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Dec 2018
Ptilonorhynchus violaceus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 17 Dec 2018
Chrysocephalum semipapposum at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 24 Nov 2018
Acacia mearnsii at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 14 Nov 2018
Goniaea sp. (genus) (TBC) at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 3 Nov 2018
Anthochaera carunculata at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 27 Oct 2018
Clania lewinii at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 8 Sep 2018
Zosterops lateralis at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 29 Aug 2018
Heteronympha merope at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 2 Apr 2018
Gymnorhina tibicen at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 2 Apr 2018
Corcorax melanorhamphos at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 2 Apr 2018
Egernia cunninghami at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 23 Mar 2018
Rhipidura fuliginosa at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 27 Feb 2018
Tachyglossus aculeatus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 3 Feb 2018
Jalmenus ictinus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 15 Jan 2018
Dacelo novaeguineae at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 20 Dec 2017
Corvus coronoides at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 10 Dec 2017
Pardalotus punctatus at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 10 Dec 2017
Dacelo novaeguineae at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 29 Aug 2017
Swainsona sericea at Red Hill Nature Reserve - 5 Oct 2016

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  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 101 - 1,000 Abundance
  • 23 Dec 2018 8:01 PM Recorded on
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