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Black Weaver Ant or Rattle Ant

Polyrhachis australis

Description:

Numerous stocky glossy black ants about 6mm body length, building a nest out of a curled leaf. The nest is constructed with dry plant materials and soil which are woven together with silk of their larvae. This ant carried its larva around the inside edge of the curled leaf laying the ground work for the nest-building.

Habitat:

At edge of forest at Cattana Wetlands QLD

Notes:

When their nest is disturbed, a number of ants will come out and look for the intruder. They will also make the distinct 'rattle' noise by movement across the hard leaf surface to warn the intruder.

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14 Comments

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 5 years ago

Thank you for all of the wonderful comments. Much appreciated!

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 6 years ago

Amazing! Larvae spotting!

Hema
Hema 6 years ago

amazing!!

Maria dB
Maria dB 6 years ago

Superb!

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 6 years ago

Fabulous spotting :) and very great information :)

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 6 years ago

Great Pic Andrea

Telse
Telse 6 years ago

Fantastic!

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 6 years ago

spectacular capture, andrea!

arlanda
arlanda 6 years ago

Impressive spotting, Andrea!!

ROmeoNarvaez
ROmeoNarvaez 6 years ago

meron namn niyan sa pilipinas,,"hantik"

LarryGraziano
LarryGraziano 6 years ago

Pretty cool!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 6 years ago

Thank you Mark and Leuba. Much appreciated!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 6 years ago

This deserves an SOTD !!! great spotting and information, Andrea.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Superb photo Andrea... that's a huge bottle of glue to carry around. :)

Andrea Lim
Spotted by
Andrea Lim

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

Lat: -16.83, Long: 145.70

Spotted on Jul 17, 2013
Submitted on Jul 17, 2013

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