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Driver Ant Queen


An orange ant alate with a body length about 15mm. It has a strangely segmented long abdomen. It's long thorax is slightly hairy. It did not fly (because wet maybe), instead it dragged it's body, notice the dragged mark line on the wet sand in the second picture.


Somewhere in the seaside Mimpianjadi Resort, Tuaran, Sabah, Malaysia.


Other than this Hymenoptera, I found 2 other species of flying ants on the beach early in the morning. Dorylus laevigatus is the most possible species for now, thanks to C.Sydes for the lead. >>>Map accuracy : 150m diameter.

1 Species ID Suggestions

C.Sydes 7 years ago
Red Driver Ant
Dorylus helvolus

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ChunXingWong 7 years ago

Thanks for the information, this ant species sure is not common around here.

C.Sydes 7 years ago

The generic distribution of Dorylus extends throughout Africa across India and through Asia. D. helvolus is common in southern africa but Antworld.com suggests there are 59 species worldwide. Your spot is very similsr to the D. helvolus I know

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Lat: 6.23, Long: 116.19

Spotted on Dec 17, 2009
Submitted on Dec 28, 2011

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