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Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae)Iridomyrmex purpureus

Meat Ant at Mongarlowe River

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Iridomyrmex purpureus at Mongarlowe River - 2 Jun 2019
Iridomyrmex purpureus at Mongarlowe River - 2 Jun 2019
Iridomyrmex purpureus at Mongarlowe River - 2 Jun 2019

Identification history

Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Iridomyrmex purpureus 3 Jun 2019 Jon Lewis
Ant (Hymenoptera, Formicidae) Camponotus sp. (genus) 2 Jun 2019 LisaH

Author's notes

I'm guessing this is a sugar ant? I found this an interesting site, as the track in the second photo is made by the ants for the ants, and has been there for years.

2 comments

Jon Lewis wrote:
   3 Jun 2019
Hi Lisa, this is a meat ant, Iridomyrmex purpureus. It Is pretty big, like a sugar ant, but you can see in the third photo the red and purple colours on it. Meat ants are very good at building highways to help them travel quickly between nests or to go out foraging for food. Cheers, Jon
LisaH wrote:
   3 Jun 2019
Thank you so much!

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Location

Location information

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

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