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Iridomyrmex purpureus

Meat Ant at ANBG

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Iridomyrmex purpureus at ANBG - 19 Jun 2020
Iridomyrmex purpureus at ANBG - 19 Jun 2020
Iridomyrmex purpureus at ANBG - 19 Jun 2020
Iridomyrmex purpureus at ANBG - 19 Jun 2020

Identification history

Iridomyrmex purpureus 25 Jun 2020 Jon Lewis
Iridomyrmex purpureus 25 Jun 2020 Jon Lewis
Unidentified 23 Jun 2020 Tim L

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Author's notes

A solitary ant attending to Wattle Tick Scale.

4 comments

alex_watt wrote:
   23 Jun 2020
Wow, this is such a good picture. What is Wattle Tick Scale then? Do the ants eat the juice or something?
Tim L wrote:
   24 Jun 2020
Thanks Alex. My understanding is that the white scale feed on plant sap and excrete honeydew. This attracts ants which collect the honeydew and in turn protect the scale from predators. I'm no expert on this so maybe one of CNM's experts can confirm.
Jon Lewis wrote:
   25 Jun 2020
Hi Tim & Alex, yes, Tim's explanation is quite right. The plant sap that the scale insects feed on has mainly sugars in it, so to get enough protein and other nutrients, the scale insects have to process a lot of sap and end up with an excess amount of water and sugar which they excrete as honeydew - which is a free feed for the ants! Cheers, Jon
alex_watt wrote:
   25 Jun 2020
Nice, thanks for the explanation!

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Bembix sp. (genus) (Unidentified Bembix sand wasp) at ANBG - 5 Nov 2019 by Tim L
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at ANBG - 31 Oct 2019 by Tim L
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at ANBG - 31 Oct 2019 by Tim L
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at ANBG - 31 Oct 2019 by Tim L
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at ANBG - 30 Oct 2019 by Tim L
Xylocopa aeratus (Metallic Green Carpenter Bee) at ANBG - 30 Oct 2019 by Tim L
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Iridomyrmex rufoniger (Tufted Tyrant Ant) at ANBG - 3 Oct 2019 by Tim L
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Location information

  • Coordinates 149.108652-35.273657
  • Altitude 625.0m
  • Maps ANBG
  • Places Acton, ACT

Species information

  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

Sighting information

  • 1 Abundance
  • 19 Jun 2020 Recorded on
  • Tim L Recorded by

Additional information

  • 12mm to 25mm Animal size
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