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Myrmecia sp. (genus)

Bull ant or Jack Jumper at Aranda Bushland

Myrmecia sp. (genus) at Aranda Bushland - 23 Jan 2021
Myrmecia sp. (genus) at Aranda Bushland - 23 Jan 2021
Myrmecia sp. (genus) at Aranda Bushland - 23 Jan 2021
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Identification history

Myrmecia sp. (genus) 25 Jan 2021 JonLewis
Unidentified 23 Jan 2021 CathB

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I initially thought this was a wasp, but I think the node on the petiole makes it an ant.

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JonLewis wrote:
   25 Jan 2021
Hi Cath, this is a male Myrmecia out looking for a mate. You can tell it is a male by the small head and rudimentary mandibles - he will die in a day or two, so doesn't need much in that department. In comparison, the queens have fully developed heads and mandibles as they live for years. By the black body and red legs it is likely to be Myrmecia fulvipes but I can't be sure. You're right about the petiolar node that sets it apart from the wasps, but as ants are derived from ancient wasps and Myrmecia is a fairly "primitive" ant, it can still give a pretty good impression of a wasp, especially the sting! Cheers, Jon

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Goniaea sp. (genus) (A gumleaf grasshopper) at Aranda Bushland - 2 Oct 2019 by Kurt
Diphucrania acuducta (Acuducta jewel beetle) at Aranda Bushland - 1 Oct 2019 by CathB
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Acizzia sp. (genus) (Unidentified wattle psyllid) at Aranda Bushland - 13 Apr 2019 by CathB
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Podomyrma sp. (genus) (Muscleman Tree Ant) at Aranda Bushland - 4 Mar 2019 by CathB
Comptosia sp. (genus) (Unidentified Comptosia bee fly) at Aranda Bushland - 4 Mar 2019 by CathB
Camponotus suffusus (Golden-tailed sugar ant) at Aranda Bushland - 19 Feb 2019 by CathB
Mutillidae sp. (family) (Unidentified 'velvet ant') at Aranda Bushland - 16 Nov 2018 by CathB
Coryphistes ruricola (Bark grasshopper) at Aranda Bushland - 12 Nov 2018 by CathB
Philobota sp near arabella (A concealer moth) at Aranda Bushland - 2 Oct 2018 by Alison Milton
Australomisidia sp. (genus) (Crab spider) at Aranda Bushland - 7 Sep 2018 by CathB
Cicadellidae sp. (family) (Unidentified leafhopper) at Aranda Bushland - 7 Sep 2018 by CathB
Cicadellidae sp. (family) (Unidentified leafhopper) at Aranda Bushland - 7 Sep 2018 by CathB
Callibracon capitator (White Flank Black Braconid Wasp) at Aranda Bushland - 7 Sep 2018 by CathB
Acacia vestita (Weeping Boree) at Aranda Bushland - 30 Jul 2018 by CathB
Psocodea 'Psocoptera' sp. (order) (Unidentified bark louse) at Aranda Bushland - 29 Jul 2018 by CathB
Arasia mollicoma (Flat-white Jumping Spider) at Aranda Bushland - 16 Mar 2018 by CathB
Gotra sp. (genus) (Unidentified Gotra ichneumon wasp) at Aranda Bushland - 12 Mar 2018 by CathB
Brachytria jugosa (Jugosa longhorn beetle) at Aranda Bushland - 10 Mar 2018 by CathB
Latrodectus hasselti (Redback Spider) at Aranda Bushland - 10 Feb 2018 by CathB
Iridomyrmex purpureus (Meat Ant) at Aranda Bushland - 10 Feb 2018 by CathB
Harpobittacus australis (Hangingfly) at Aranda Bushland - 12 Nov 2017 by CathB
Urodacus manicatus (Black Rock Scorpion) at Aranda Bushland - 14 Oct 2017 by DerekC
Lepidoscia sp. (genus) (Unidentified cone case moth) at Aranda Bushland - 5 Oct 2017 by CathB
Mutusca brevicornis (A broad-headed bug) at Aranda Bushland - 5 Oct 2017 by CathB
Nyctemera amicus (Senecio or Magpie moth) at Aranda Bushland - 1 Sep 2017 by CathB
Campylopus (A moss) at Aranda Bushland - 19 Aug 2017 by CathB
Chiloscyphus sp. (A leafy liverwort) at Aranda Bushland - 19 Aug 2017 by CathB
Wallabia bicolor (Swamp Wallaby) at Aranda Bushland - 1 Aug 2017 by CathB
Dolophones sp. (genus) (Wrap-around spider) at Aranda Bushland - 13 Apr 2017 by CathB
Pseudomantis albofimbriata (False garden mantis) at Aranda Bushland - 24 Feb 2017 by CathB
Arachnura higginsi (Scorpion-tailed Spider) at Aranda Bushland - 2 Feb 2017 by CathB
Pyronema sp. (A fire fungus) at Aranda Bushland - 14 Mar 2016 by CathB
Goodenia hederacea (Ivy Goodenia) at Aranda Bushland - 14 Feb 2016 by AaronClausen
Urodacus manicatus (Black Rock Scorpion) at Aranda Bushland - 14 Feb 2016 by AaronClausen
Austracantha minax (Christmas Spider, Jewel Spider) at Aranda Bushland - 14 Feb 2016 by AaronClausen
Rytidosperma pallidum (Red-anther Wallaby Grass) at Aranda Bushland - 3 Nov 2015 by MattM
Missulena occatoria (Red-headed Mouse Spider) at Aranda Bushland - 20 May 2015 by CathB
Stylidium graminifolium (Grass Triggerplant) at Aranda Bushland - 5 Apr 2014 by AaronClausen
Pseudonaja textilis (Eastern Brown Snake) at Aranda Bushland - 17 Mar 2012 by CathB

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  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 1 Abundance
  • 23 Jan 2021 08:31 AM Recorded on
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  • Grass Associated plant
  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size

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