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weaver ant colony nest

Oecophylla smaragdina


A very large colony of weaver ants. Good description of colonies and nest building in the references.


This colony on Heliconia sp. in a large semi-urban yard and garden adjacent to a disturbed patch of remnant forest.


These ants are ubiquitous here. This is the largest nest (last photo) I've ever seen (although they probably get larger). These ants are very defensive/aggressive and they deliver a painful but non-venomous bite, and they have a distinct and unpleasant odor. Other colony spottings here and here

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Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 5 years ago

I think so, thanks Yuko!

YukoChartraw 5 years ago

What fascinating & amazing creatures they are!

margaretwmerritt 6 years ago

Wow. I didn't know that ants could weave.


Lat: -2.56, Long: 140.50

Spotted on Feb 8, 2012
Submitted on Feb 9, 2012

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