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Weaver Ant

Oecophylla smaragdina

Description:

Yellowish brown ants that construct nests by weaving together leaves using larval silk. These ants are aggressive. And although weaver ants lack a functional sting they can inflict painful bites and often spray formic acid directly at the bite wound resulting in intense discomfort. I have first-hand experience on being bitten, and that was painful! They are called Hantik in the Philippines.

Habitat:

Hantik or weaver ants usually build their nests amongst the leaves of the trees. In our area, they are all over our mango trees. In Biñan Laguna, Philippines.

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Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 5, 2012
Submitted on Oct 6, 2012

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