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Silver Spiny Ant

Polyrhachis saevissima argentea


These ants are fairly common in our area. I usually see them when I am out walking in the local hills, away from human settlement, but I do see them in our garden occasionally. The Philippines is listed as the Type Locality for this ant -


Spotted in our front garden on a Custard Apple Tree (Annona reticulata) locally known as Anonas. Plant identification -


My previous spottings of this ant -

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John B.
John B. 2 months ago

Hi Francis,
Thank you for your comment. It is nice to hear from you again. It's always very upsetting when photos don't turn out nice and sharp, but don't worry. I am sure you will get another chance to get some good pictures of the silver ant. John B.

Francis Floe
Francis Floe 2 months ago

Woah! I get excited when I see on of these because they're quite rare in my locality. I had a similar spotting but my phone won't focus so it's all blurry, anyways, my best guess of its exact species is the same as your id! Wonderful shot!

John B.
John B. 2 months ago

Hi Mark,
thanks for your comment about the silver ants. The gold ones would be great for a PN spotting. There are so many kinds of ants here in Philippines that I have tended to ignore them because they are hard to identify, but if I go "walkabout" again, I will keep my eyes open. Best regards, John.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 months ago

Amazing. I remember watching ants in Kerala which were shiny gold all over but have not been able to identify them since. Maybe a similar genus.

John B.
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John B.

Spotted on Jan 11, 2023
Submitted on Jan 11, 2023

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