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Iridomyrmex purpureus

Meat Ant at Bonython, ACT

Iridomyrmex purpureus at Bonython, ACT - 14 Feb 2021
Iridomyrmex purpureus at Bonython, ACT - 14 Feb 2021
Iridomyrmex purpureus at Bonython, ACT - 14 Feb 2021
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Iridomyrmex purpureus 15 Feb 2021 JonLewis
Iridomyrmex purpureus 14 Feb 2021 RodDeb

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One carried a stick and put it off the path. Had to move the GPS spot as it was in the water, way off where they were.

4 comments

JonLewis wrote:
   14 Feb 2021
Hi RodDeb, yes, the last three photos are Iridomyrmex purpureus, but the first two are Camponotus aeneopilosus (about the same size but black with golden fuzz on the gaster, which looks a orangy-coloured in the photos). Can you turn this into two seperate observations? Cheers, Jon
RodDeb wrote:
   14 Feb 2021
Hi Jon,
thank you, have separated them. Apologies to the Ants for thinking they were the same, and thank you for knowing better :)
JonLewis wrote:
   15 Feb 2021
No worries. And, by the way, the second photo here shows typical territorial display between two different meat ant colonies. The way the ants are standing up really high on their legs and holding themselves in a stiff posture is part of their ritualised fighting display where they assert ownership of a territory without having to actually fight each other. There is nice information on this at the following link. Cheers, Jon
https://antwiki.org/wiki/Ritualised_fighting_in_Iridomyrmex_purpureus
RodDeb wrote:
   15 Feb 2021
Thanks Jon, appreciate the extra information, now we will know next time.

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Acanthiza pusilla (Brown Thornbill) at Bonython, ACT - 15 Oct 2022 by RodDeb
Smicrornis brevirostris (Weebill) at Bonython, ACT - 15 Oct 2022 by RodDeb
Acanthorhynchus tenuirostris (Eastern Spinebill) at Bonython, ACT - 4 Jun 2022 by RodDeb
Streptopelia chinensis (Spotted Dove) at Bonython, ACT - 4 Jun 2022 by RodDeb
Phylidonyris novaehollandiae (New Holland Honeyeater) at Bonython, ACT - 4 Jun 2022 by RodDeb
Psephotus haematonotus (Red-rumped Parrot) at Bonython, ACT - 4 Jun 2022 by RodDeb
Anhinga novaehollandiae (Australasian Darter) at Bonython, ACT - 4 Jun 2022 by RodDeb
Perca fluviatilis (Redfin) at Bonython, ACT - 24 Apr 2022 by RodDeb
Iridomyrmex purpureus (Meat Ant) at Bonython, ACT - 9 Apr 2022 by RodDeb
Phylidonyris novaehollandiae (New Holland Honeyeater) at Bonython, ACT - 27 Mar 2022 by RodDeb
Oenothera stricta subsp. stricta (Common Evening Primrose) at Bonython, ACT - 27 Mar 2022 by RodDeb
Orthetrum caledonicum (Blue Skimmer) at Bonython, ACT - 27 Mar 2022 by RodDeb
Chauliognathus tricolor (Tricolor soldier beetle) at Bonython, ACT - 13 Mar 2022 by RodDeb
Cisticola exilis (Golden-headed Cisticola) at Bonython, ACT - 18 Feb 2022 by RodDeb
Idalima affinis (A day flying moth) at Bonython, ACT - 11 Feb 2022 by WarrenRowland
Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairywren) at Bonython, ACT - 11 Feb 2022 by WarrenRowland
Nososticta solida (Orange Threadtail) at Bonython, ACT - 31 Dec 2021 by RodDeb
Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald) at Bonython, ACT - 31 Dec 2021 by RodDeb
Melithreptus lunatus (White-naped Honeyeater) at Bonython, ACT - 25 Nov 2021 by RodDeb
Caligavis chrysops (Yellow-faced Honeyeater) at Bonython, ACT - 25 Nov 2021 by RodDeb
Acrocephalus australis (Australian Reed-Warbler) at Bonython, ACT - 25 Nov 2021 by RodDeb
Oxyura australis (Blue-billed Duck) at Bonython, ACT - 10 Sep 2021 by RodDeb
Sturnus vulgaris (Common Starling) at Bonython, ACT - 8 Aug 2021 by RodDeb
Phylidonyris novaehollandiae (New Holland Honeyeater) at Bonython, ACT - 8 Aug 2021 by RodDeb
Gymnopilus sp. (Gymnopilus) at Bonython, ACT - 8 Aug 2021 by RodDeb
Falco cenchroides (Nankeen Kestrel) at Bonython, ACT - 3 Jul 2021 by RodDeb
Streptopelia chinensis (Spotted Dove) at Bonython, ACT - 23 May 2021 by RodDeb
Aquila audax (Wedge-tailed Eagle) at Bonython, ACT - 23 May 2021 by RodDeb
Heteronympha merope (Common Brown) at Bonython, ACT - 2 Apr 2021 by RodDeb
Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald) at Bonython, ACT - 2 Apr 2021 by RodDeb
Camponotus aeneopilosus (A Golden-tailed sugar ant) at Bonython, ACT - 14 Feb 2021 by RodDeb
Pteropus poliocephalus (Grey-headed Flying-fox) at Bonython, ACT - 14 Feb 2021 by RodDeb
Junonia villida (Meadow Argus) at Bonython, ACT - 17 Jan 2021 by RodDeb
Sphex sp. (genus) (Unidentified Sphex digger wasp) at Bonython, ACT - 17 Jan 2021 by RodDeb
Streptopelia chinensis (Spotted Dove) at Bonython, ACT - 17 Jan 2021 by RodDeb
Ischnura heterosticta (Common Bluetail Damselfly) at Bonython, ACT - 8 Nov 2020 by RodDeb
Streptopelia chinensis (Spotted Dove) at Bonython, ACT - 2 Sep 2020 by RodDeb
Ardea alba (Great Egret) at Bonython, ACT - 20 Apr 2020 by RodDeb
Philemon corniculatus (Noisy Friarbird) at Bonython, ACT - 3 Jan 2020 by RodDeb
Lucilia cuprina (Australian sheep blowfly) at Bonython, ACT - 3 Jan 2020 by RodDeb
Nososticta solida (Orange Threadtail) at Bonython, ACT - 3 Jan 2020 by RodDeb
Hemicordulia tau (Tau Emerald) at Bonython, ACT - 6 Oct 2019 by RodDeb
Ptilotula penicillata (White-plumed Honeyeater) at Bonython, ACT - 6 Oct 2019 by RodDeb
Sceliphron laetum (Common mud dauber wasp) at Bonython, ACT - 28 Jan 2019 by RodDeb
Aythya australis (Hardhead) at Bonython, ACT - 28 Jan 2019 by RodDeb
Psephotus haematonotus (Red-rumped Parrot) at Bonython, ACT - 28 Jan 2019 by RodDeb
Chenonetta jubata (Australian Wood Duck) at Bonython, ACT - 28 Jan 2019 by RodDeb
Sceliphron laetum (Common mud dauber wasp) at Bonython, ACT - 6 Jan 2019 by WarrenRowland
Ptilotula penicillata (White-plumed Honeyeater) at Bonython, ACT - 31 Dec 2018 by WarrenRowland
Malurus cyaneus (Superb Fairywren) at Bonython, ACT - 31 Dec 2018 by WarrenRowland
Acanthiza reguloides (Buff-rumped Thornbill) at Bonython, ACT - 9 Apr 2018 by Alison Milton
Aythya australis (Hardhead) at Bonython, ACT - 9 Apr 2018 by AlisonMilton
Porphyrio melanotus (Australasian Swamphen) at Bonython, ACT - 9 Apr 2018 by Alison Milton
Chenonetta jubata (Australian Wood Duck) at Bonython, ACT - 9 Apr 2018 by AlisonMilton
Anas platyrhynchos (Mallard (Domestic Type)) at Bonython, ACT - 9 Apr 2018 by AlisonMilton
Acacia boormanii (Snowy River Wattle) at Bonython, ACT - 24 Sep 2016 by michaelb
Bidens pilosa (Cobbler's Pegs, Farmer's Friend) at Bonython, ACT - 9 Apr 2016 by michaelb
Cygnus atratus (Black Swan) at Bonython, ACT - 26 Dec 2015 by michaelb
Grevillea sp. (Grevillea) at Bonython, ACT - 12 Oct 2015 by michaelb
Eucalyptus sideroxylon (Mugga Ironbark) at Bonython, ACT - 5 Jul 2015 by michaelb
Banksia ericifolia subsp. ericifolia (Heath-leaved Banksia) at Bonython, ACT - 21 Jun 2015 by michaelb

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  • Not Sensitive
  • Local Native
  • Non-Invasive

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  • 4 - 15 Abundance
  • 14 Feb 2021 01:55 PM Recorded on
  • RodDeb Recorded by

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  • 5mm to 12mm Animal size

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