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Green Tree Ant

Oecophylla smaragdina


Green Tree Ants have a green abdomen and yellow-green thorax. They are also known as Weaver Ants as they weave leaves together to form their nest. They are aggressive ants and will inflict a painful bite and squirt formic acid from the tip of their abdomen - they do not sting, though.This is one of weaver ants, where the workers pull the leaves together and seal them using the silk produced by the larvae. The ants will bite when disturbed as they defend their nests. The abdomen may be eaten as bush tucker, taste is not unpleasant, a bit like lime, the larvae may also be eaten or squashed in water to make a refreshing drink. The greenish abdomen has several horizontal ridges on it.




Food: They forage on vegetation as well as the ground, often moving in large numbers forming distinct trails. They feed on small animals they come across often taking prey much larger than themselves. They also feed on the sugary secretions from aphids, scale insects, and the caterpillars of some butterfly species, protecting these insects from predators and parasites. Breeding: Green Tree Ants build nests by stitching living tree and shrub leaves together with silk produced by special glands in the larvae. The adult ants do not produce silk. Workers cooperate forming chains to pull the leaves together in position. Other ants bring larvae and gently squeeze them to stimulate silk production. The silk is used to bind the leaves together into the nest. The nest contains several or dozens of leaves providing a well camouflaged shelter. The nest expands as the colony grows and groups of ants leave to form nearby satellite colonies. Most colonies have more than one queen.

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MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Thanks Braulio

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Thanks Reza

Braulio Rivas Tapia
Braulio Rivas Tapia 10 years ago

U should put it on the mission: Ants!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 10 years ago

Awesome shot, she looks like a ballerina :)

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Added information

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Thanks Adrika

adrika.2612 10 years ago

brilliant clarity!

DespinaTsafetopoulou 10 years ago

First ant looks life if he's conducting an orchestra!

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Thanks Alice

alicelongmartin 10 years ago

Beautiful close-up pictures and excellent information!

Josh Asel
Josh Asel 10 years ago

looking at these guys makes me happy :) cute lil buggars.

namitha 10 years ago

Amazing series spotting. The first and second spotting seems like the ants are dancing.Super cool.

Apple 10 years ago

Magnificent captures!

JillBlack 10 years ago

Nice series

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4878, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Sep 21, 2012
Submitted on Sep 21, 2012

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