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Weaver ants

Oecophylla smaragdina


Weaver ants catching and dissecting a caterpillar found on a leaf of the tree in which the ants live. Since the caterpillar was eating the leaves of the tree, it is clear that the ants are providing a protective service to their home tree.


Weaver ants live in a wide variety of trees here in Thailand, using silk from their larvae to bind leaves together to make a protective nest. A colony will build multiple nests in a large tree. This eventually kills the woven leaves, at which time the ants move to a new location in the tree, carrying their eggs and larvae with them.

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1 Comment

armadeus.4 10 months ago

Fantastic pics John! I aspire to get pictures of ants that are in focus just like yours. Thank you for sharing :)

john everingham
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จังหวัดประจวบคีรีขันธ์, Thailand

Spotted on Jun 7, 2020
Submitted on Jun 7, 2020

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