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Meat Ants

Iridomyrmex purpureus


Meat Ants eating a frog.. Meat Ants are general predators and scavengers. They also tend soft-bug, such as aphids, to collect honeydew. The ants are active the whole year. They are fast running and foraging in large number. Their nests are large and are patrolled by aggressive workers. The Meat Ants are aggressive and they usually dominate the area that they forage. No other species of ants can be seen near by.


And if you stand on the nest they will eat you! :)


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1 Comment

Simon Stock
Simon Stock 9 years ago

Wow. So they're not fussy about the size of their prey. Scary thought. Let's try and stay on their friendly side then. Hitchcock's 'The Birds' comes too mind.

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4816, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Jan 9, 2012
Submitted on Apr 18, 2012


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