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Yellow Crazy Ant
(Anoplolepis gracilipes)
Yellow Crazy Ant
Yellow crazy ants are a declared pest species. They get their common name from their frantic erratic movement when disturbed. Crazy ants do not bite but spray formic acid to subdue prey, this can irritate skin and eyes of people coming in contact... Click to continue>
Banded Sugar Ant
(Camponotus consobrinus)
Banded Sugar Ant
The Banded Sugar Ant is orange-brown with a black head. The rear of the abdomen is black with two dull bands. They have strong mandibles and can give a painful bite. Click to continue>
Meat Ant
(Iridomyrmex sp)
Meat Ant
there are about 60 species of Iridomyrmex in Australia. They often build large nests underground with sand or gravel mounded around the entrances to the nest. Iridomyrmex species are often involved in mutually beneficial (symbiotic) relationships... Click to continue>
Argentine Ant
(Linepithema humile)
Argentine Ant
Argentine Ant Workers are small dark brown or medium brown ants with smooth shiny bodies. The mandibles have five to eight large teeth and five to thirteen smaller serrations (denticles). The head is tear-drop shaped with widest point above the... Click to continue>
Bulldog Ant
(Myrmecia brevinoda)
Bulldog Ant
Bulldog Ant worker has dark red head, thorax and body down to the "waist". The mandibles, antennae, and legs are lighter red. The bulbous part of the abdomen (gaster) is black. The body has sparse short yellow hairs. The mandibles are long - about... Click to continue>
Bulldog Ant
(Myrmecia forficata)
Bulldog Ant
The Bulldog Ant worker has dark reddish brown head, thorax and first part of abdomen.. The gaster (the bulbous part of the abdomen) is black with a metallic green or blue sheen. It has short yellow hairs on the head and thorax, with longer hairs on... Click to continue>
Bulldog Ant
(Myrmecia nigriceps)
Bulldog Ant
The Bulldog Ant (Myrmecia nigriceps) has a black head and black gaster (the bulbous part of the abdomen). The rest of the body is reddish brown ands the mandibles are yellowish. the head is squarish and the mandibles are longer than the head. The... Click to continue>
Jack Jumper Ant
(Myrmecia pilosula)
Jack Jumper Ant
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... Click to continue>
Red Bull Ant
(Myrmecia gulosa)
Red Bull Ant
The Red Bull Ant is one of the largest species of ants in the world. They have a venomous sting that is capable of causing severe pain for a day or two.. Red Bull Ants have yellowish mandibles, reddish-brown head and thorax and front part of... Click to continue>
Tasmanian Inchman
(Myrmecia esuriens)
Tasmanian Inchman
The Tasmanian Inchman worker ant is black with reddish brown mandibles, antennae, legs, and a reddish brown segment in the middle of the abdomen. It has short yellow hairs on the head and thorax and longer hairs on the abdomen. The head is as long... Click to continue>
Black Ant
(Ochetellus glaber)
Black Ant
Black Ants are small and black (no surprises there). The males have wings. Females have wings until after mating, when she becomes the reproductive queen ant. Worker ants are sterile and their role is to maintain the nest, gather food and feed the... Click to continue>
Green Tree Ant
(Oecophylla smaragdina)
Green Tree Ant
Green Tree Ants have a green abdomen and yellow-green thorax. They are also known as Weaver Ants as they weave leaves together to form their nest. They are aggressive ants and will inflict a painful bite and squirt formic acid from the tip of their... Click to continue>
Dome-backed Spiny Ant
(Polyrhachis australis)
Dome-backed Spiny Ant
The Dome-backed Spiny Ant is a medium-sized ant. It is shiny black with humped back. They have spines on their thorax. Click to continue>
Golden-tailed Spiny Ant
(Polyrhachis ammon)
Golden-tailed Spiny Ant
Golden-tailed Spiny Ants have a metallic sheen and the body is covered in golden hairs. They have spines on their thorax which may be used in defense against predators. Many Golden-spined Ants stay in their nest during wet or extremely hot periods. Click to continue>
Spiny Ant
(Polyrhachis sp1)
Spiny Ant
The body of this Spiny Ant is silver and black - species unknown. Click to continue>
Spiny Ant
(Polyrhachis sp2)
Spiny Ant
Winged stage of Spiny Ant - could be a Golden-tailed Spiny Ant. Click to continue>
Green-head Ant
(Rhytidoponera metallica)
Green-head Ant
Green-head Ants are dark coloured with a metallic sheen that varies from blue-green to purple-green. They are common in urban areas and colonise disturbed areas quickly. Although they are not aggressive, they will sting if you disturb their nest.... Click to continue>
Fire Ant
(Solenopsis invicta)
Fire Ant
Fire ants are reddish brown with a darker brown abdomen. Nests usually contain a variety of sizes of ants. The ants are very aggressive around the nest and can give a painful sting which causes a burning and itching that can last up to an hour. The... Click to continue>
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