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weaver ant

Oecophylla smaragdina


"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 "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


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.


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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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Yes, see my spotting links in the description

TaufikSalleh 6 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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