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Green Tree Ants

Oecophylla smaragdina


Green Tree Ants (Oecophylla smaragdina) build nests in trees within the rainforest, in the shape of balloons. Their gree abdomen is remarkably nutritious – it’s high in protein and vitamins.


Trees within the rainforest


Aboriginal people ate the white larvae found inside the nests. It has a lemon taste. The ants and larvae were also pounded and mixed with water to produce a lime flavoured drink to relieve colds, headaches and sore throats

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AJ Arruda
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AJ Arruda

QLD, Australia

Lat: -16.47, Long: 145.34

Spotted on Dec 19, 2017
Submitted on Dec 19, 2017

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