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Black Weaver Ant or Rattle Ant

Polyrhachis australis


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.


At edge of forest at Cattana Wetlands QLD


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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Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 10 years ago

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

Nimbid Ditavi
Nimbid Ditavi 10 years ago

Amazing! Larvae spotting!

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 10 years ago


Maria dB
Maria dB 10 years ago


Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 10 years ago

Fabulous spotting :) and very great information :)

MacChristiansen 10 years ago

Great Pic Andrea

Telse 10 years ago


Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 10 years ago

spectacular capture, andrea!

arlanda 10 years ago

Impressive spotting, Andrea!!

ROmeoNarvaez 10 years ago

meron namn niyan sa pilipinas,,"hantik"

LarryGraziano 10 years ago

Pretty cool!

Andrea Lim
Andrea Lim 10 years ago

Thank you Mark and Leuba. Much appreciated!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 10 years ago

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

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 10 years ago

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

Andrea Lim
Spotted by
Andrea Lim

Cairns, Queensland, Australia

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

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