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weaver ant colony nest

Oecophylla smaragdina

Description:

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

Habitat:

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

Notes:

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 http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/702... and here http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/782...

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2 Comments

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier a year ago

I think so, thanks Yuko!

YukoChartraw
YukoChartraw a year ago

What fascinating & amazing creatures they are!

margaretwmerritt
margaretwmerritt 2 years ago

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

Indonesia

Lat: -2.56, Long: 140.50

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

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