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Green Tree Ants

Photo: Courtesy of Damon Ramsey
BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

Green Tree Ant: Oecophylla smaragdina

  • This is the most commonly encountered ant in the lower altitude Australian tropical rainforest.

  • This ant is one of only a few species known as 'Weaver Ants' that are found in the tropics of Africa, Asia and Australia.

  • Their generic name of Oecophylla actually mean ‘house-leaf’

  • These ants form chains with their bodies to bring leaves together (above), and use silk from their larvae to create their large, football sized leaf nests.

  • These ants vigorously defend this nest, grabbing flesh with the mandible, then bending the abdomen over and squirting formic acid into the wound.

  • This results in a short, but sharp, sting that you may encounter in the region.

  • But you can also bite back as these animals are edible, and quite tasty.
    Script: Courtesy of  Damon Ramsey BSc.(Zool) Biologist Guide

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