JACK JUMPER ANT FACTS
The Jack Jumper Ant is a large species of Bulldog Ant. They have a jumping motion when disturbed which gives them their common name. The workers are black with yellow mandibles, antennae, and lower parts of the legs. The head is slightly broader than it is long and mandibles are slightly shorter than the head. The mandibles have four large sharp teeth with a smaller tooth in between each large one. The queen is similar in colour to the workers but is larger and more robust.
hopper ant, jumper ant or jumping jack
Length: worker 10mm - 14mm; queen 14mm - 16mm
Jack Jumper Ant live in colonies like most ants. They build a mound nest of fine soil or gravel. The nest may also be built under a rock.
Jack jumper ants are carnivores and scavengers. They feed on insects and other small invertebrates which they sting with venom. They will tackle prey as large as bees and wasps.
found is south west Western Australia, southern parts of South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, eastern New South Wales and south east Queensland
Sting symptoms are local swelling, reddening and fever, with formation of a blister. Heart rate is elevated and blood pressure reduces, and in a small percentage of cases, the sting causes anaphylactic shock.
|Common Name:||Jack Jumper Ant|
Relatives in same Genus
Bulldog Ant (M. brevinoda)
Tasmanian Inchman (M. esuriens)
Bulldog Ant (M. forficata)
Red Bull Ant (M. gulosa)
Bulldog Ant (M. nigriceps)