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weaver ant

Oecophylla smaragdina

Description:

"Weaver Ants eat any small creatures that they can find, but they are particularly attracted to nectar. The weaver ants do not have a stinger, but inflict a painful bite which is aggravated by irritating chemicals secreted from their abdomen." They get their name from the way they build their nests http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/782... "A colony may be dispersed over several nests which may be placed in various locations in a tree, or even span several trees. The queen is located in one nest and her eggs are distributed to the other nests." See the spread of a colony here http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/702...

Habitat:

This spotting on emerging figs on a Ficus sp. tree in a large semi-urban yard and garden adjacent to a disturbed patch of remnant forest.

Notes:

This species has increased its presence drastically in the past year and now can be seen on all manner of shrubs and trees, and even herbaceous flowers in my yard & garden.

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2 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 2 years ago

Yes, see my spotting links in the description

TaufikSalleh
TaufikSalleh 2 years ago

For Weaver Ants, mostly its common in Malaysia, its been called as "Kerengga" (cur-reng-ga), local use to take the larvae as bait in fishing. They have painful bite and very bad smell, their pouch-nest size around 15cm to 30cm. Very protective

Papua, Indonesia

Lat: -2.56, Long: 140.50

Spotted on Nov 14, 2011
Submitted on Dec 1, 2011

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