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Polyrhachis ammon, subgenus Hagiomyrma
Also known as Shiny Bums or Shiny Bum Ants. Small black ants with metallic silvery gold abdomen, two spines facing backwards at lower end of thorax. Tending 'crop' of lerps collecting the sugary secretions. If other viewers have more accurate ID I would welcome hearing from them as these ones looked different to other spiny ants researched.
Existing in a variety of habitats throughout Australia usually making a nest under bark of trees, in small hollows or cracks in logs, sometimes at ground level. These ones tending 'crop' in Eucalyptus tree about 5 feet from ground level.
Lat: -29.59, Long: 152.78
Spotted on Feb 23, 2014
Submitted on Mar 2, 2014