MEAT ANT FACTS
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 with caterpillars. The caterpillars provide sugary fluid for the ants in return from protection from predators. Workers have strong jaws - they do not sting but can give a painful bite.
Workers are up to 1cm long.
Sandy or gravel soils in urban areas, forests and woodlands.
Most species of Iridomyrmex are scavengers. Some species also tend aphids and collect nectar.
They live in a nest in the soil. The nest may contain hundreds or thousands of ants (sometimes over 100,000).
Iridomyrmex are found from India east to China and south to Australia and New Caledonia.
|Common Name:||Meat Ant|