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Weaver ant queen

Oecophylla smaragdina


As the first rains of the monsoon season starts, many species of ants are starting their new colony. This is the queen of weaver ants guarding her precious eggs to start her new generation at a new place. She has mated, shed her flying wings, rolled some leaves and laid her first clutch of eggs. these eggs will hatch to bring her first worker ants which in turn will help her in enlarging her colony. About 20 mm long.


Spotted on an orange tree in my garden.

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sunnyjosef 7 months ago

Glad that you find my post helpful. Single D

Single D
Single D 7 months ago

I have seen weaver ants but not the queen, so this photo completes the picture.

sunnyjosef 7 months ago

Thank you Kalen

Kalen 7 months ago


sunnyjosef 7 months ago

Thank you Suturniidae. Yes they make huge colonies which are defended fiercely. They also protect the trees from many pests and in such a way are farmer's best friends.

sunnyjosef 7 months ago

Thank you Leuba. She is big!!

Saturniidae27 7 months ago

Nice spotting Sunny. I spotted a nest in Karnataka, but never photographed a queen. Multiple nests can make territories throughout a mango tree :)

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 months ago

Wow!. She is huge and such a beautiful green. Her thorax is amazingly big as well !! Thanks for sharing this Sunny.

sunnyjosef 7 months ago

Thank you Sergio.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 7 months ago

Awesome spotting, sunnyjosef

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Kerala, India

Spotted on May 23, 2020
Submitted on May 23, 2020

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