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Rhytidoponera metallica

1 Greenhead ant at Paddys River, ACT

Rhytidoponera metallica at Paddys River, ACT - 25 Nov 2018
Rhytidoponera metallica at Paddys River, ACT - 25 Nov 2018
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Identification history

Rhytidoponera metallica 2 Dec 2018 JonLewis
Dolichoderus scabridus 2 Dec 2018 SWishart

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

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JonLewis wrote:
   3 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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Anepischetosia maccoyi (MacCoy's Skink) at Paddys River, ACT - 6 May 2022 by trevorpreston
Geitoneura acantha (Ringed Xenica) at Paddys River, ACT - 13 Feb 2022 by GG
Geitoneura acantha (Ringed Xenica) at Paddys River, ACT - 14 Jan 2022 by JohnBundock
Glycine clandestina (Twining glycine) at Paddys River, ACT - 14 Jan 2022 by JohnBundock
Geranium solanderi var. solanderi (Native Geranium) at Paddys River, ACT - 9 Oct 2021 by Tapirlord
Argynnina cyrila (Forest brown, Cyril's brown) at Paddys River, ACT - 9 Oct 2021 by DPRees125
Viola betonicifolia (Mountain Violet) at Paddys River, ACT - 2 Oct 2021 by Ned_Johnston
Todiramphus sanctus (Sacred Kingfisher) at Paddys River, ACT - 11 Jan 2021 by SWishart
Taxeotis (genus) (Unidentified Taxeotis geometer moths) at Paddys River, ACT - 4 Oct 2020 by SWishart
Calocera sp. (A stagshorn fungus) at Paddys River, ACT - 30 May 2019 by Marthijn
Lampropholis guichenoti (Common Garden Skink) at Paddys River, ACT - 4 Jul 2018 by SWishart
Eusynthemis guttata (Southern Tigertail) at Paddys River, ACT - 24 Jan 2018 by SWishart
Geitoneura klugii (Klug's Xenica / Marbled Xenica) at Paddys River, ACT - 24 Jan 2018 by SWishart
Paralucia aurifer (Bright Copper) at Paddys River, ACT - 24 Jan 2018 by SWishart
Comesperma volubile (Love Creeper) at Paddys River, ACT - 15 Oct 2017 by W
Viola sp. (Violet) at Paddys River, ACT - 15 Oct 2017 by W
Geitoneura acantha (Ringed Xenica) at Paddys River, ACT - 31 Jan 2017 by JohnBundock
Heteronympha penelope (Shouldered Brown) at Paddys River, ACT - 31 Jan 2017 by JohnBundock
Austroacacidiplosis botrycephalae (A Gall Midge) at Paddys River, ACT - 17 Sep 2016 by SkyFire747
Ramaria sp. (A Coral fungus) at Paddys River, ACT - 19 May 2016 by NickWilson
Paralucia aurifer (Bright Copper) at Paddys River, ACT - 24 Jan 2016 by RyuCallaway
Polystichum proliferum (Mother shield fern) at Paddys River, ACT - 6 Nov 2015 by galah681
Clematis aristata (Mountain Clematis) at Paddys River, ACT - 1 Nov 2014 by galah681

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Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

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

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  • Silver wattle Associated plant
  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size

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