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Hantik, Weaver Ants

Oecophylla smaragdina


Spotted these ants carrying some red thingies (I don't have any idea what they are), and some ants are carrying other ants (like in pic# 5). Oecophylla smaragdina Fabricius, 1775, called Weaver Ant, Green Ant, Green Tree Ant, and Orange Gaster, is a species of arboreal ant found in Asia and Australia. They make nests in trees made of leaves stitched together using the silk produced by their larvae. Weaver ants may be red or green. In Tagalog, they are called Hantik. Weaver ants are sometimes used by indigenous farmers, particularly in Southeast Asia, as natural biocontrol agents against agricultural pests. The larvae and pupae are collected and processed into bird food, fish bait and in the production of traditional medicines in Thailand and Indonesia.



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Thanks Mayra and BioEu! :)

Thank you, drpalombella :)

@jdub2348, you bet they do, and they are fast! :) I was a victim a couple of times already.

jdub2348 9 years ago

Do these guys attack as painfully and readily as their Australian cousins?

drpalombella 9 years ago

Fabulous spotting!

Thanks Chief and Kranti! :)

KrantiAzad 9 years ago

great series !

Thanks Argy :D

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Fantastic Agnes. I'd like a movie next time please :-)

Thanks Mayra and Adi :)

MayraSpringmann 9 years ago

Great macro!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 9 years ago

Such a nice series Agnes! Great!

Thanks Leana and J :)

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 9 years ago

Superb series and find, Agnes!

Thanks Yuko and Carol! :)

Carol Snow Milne 2
Carol Snow Milne 2 9 years ago


YukoChartraw 9 years ago

Fascinating creatures & great information!

Thanks Ali. :)

Ali Hemati Pour
Ali Hemati Pour 9 years ago

Very Nice..

Thanks Rieko for your comment :)

RiekoS 9 years ago

Beautiful series.

Biñan, Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 21, 2013
Submitted on Feb 15, 2013

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