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Rattle Ants (nest construction)

Polyrhachis australis


Rattle Ant nest construction over a 4 day period (04-07 March, 2014). These ants build their nests on trees using plants leaves, dry plant materials and soil which are woven together with silk of their larvae. Sometimes the colony builds more than one nest on the same plant. My initial spotting of these ants was on Tuesday, 04 March -


It was really interesting watching these ants construct their nests, and by Friday they had at least 4 distinctive nests in a small cluster on the same branch.

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Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

I don't often see these ants (although, until now, I haven't really been looking). Fascinating to watch them hard at work, and yes, they are very constructive. I'm sure they're very proud of their work :-)

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

just awesome. Very constructive indeed!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 9 years ago

Thanks, Ava. It took 4 days for them to make this and a couple of other nests. Hard little workers they are. Hard to get good pics though. Very windy.

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Wonderful series!

Neil Ross
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Neil Ross

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Spotted on Mar 7, 2014
Submitted on Mar 7, 2014

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